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Posted: Jul 21, 2017

Estimated 5,000-acre fire continues burning on Yakima Training Center

Firefighters were expected to work into the night Thursday to contain a 5,000-acre fire burning in the Army’s sprawling Yakima Training Center. The fire — on the east side of the training center near the Columbia River — started Wednesday evening. Firefighters have contained the north end, but as of Thursday afternoon only 10 percent of the south side was contained, according to an Army news release.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 7:52:48 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
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Posted: Jul 21, 2017

House Committee Approves FY2018 Homeland Security Spending Bill

On Tuesday, July 18th, the House Appropriations Committee approved legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2018.  The $44.3 billion spending bill represents a nearly $2 billion increase in spending for the Department compared to the current fiscal year.  

The bill would fund the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs at $690 million, the same amount as the current fiscal year.  The United States Fire Administration (USFA) would receive a slight cut from $44 million for Fiscal Year 2017 to $43.41 million for Fiscal Year 2018.  The Urban Search and Rescue System (USAR) and the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) would both be funded at essentially the same levels as the current fiscal year.  The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) would receive $630 million, an increase of $25 million over the current fiscal year.  

Earlier this year, the White House released a Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal that recommend significant cuts to the USAR, SHSGP and UASI programs.  

 

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Posted: Jul 21, 2017

Community Bank dontates $1,000 to Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department toward purchase of UTV | NorthCountryNow

HOPKINTON -- Community Bank N.A. recently presented Hopkinton Fort Jackson Fire Department with a $1,000 donation to help fund the purchase of a new utility task vehicle.

Community Bank N.A. recently presented Hopkinton Fort Jackson Fire Department with a $1,000 donation to help fund the purchase of a new utility task vehicle.


This purchase will allow the department to transport emergency medical personnel directly to any emergency in limited access areas.


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Posted: Jul 21, 2017

Yukon Sending Money, Firefighting Equipment to Wildfire-Stricken British Columbia - Yukon News

The Yukon government is sending $25,000 and 40 pumps to B.C. to help with firefighting efforts. (Twitter/BCGovFireInfo) Yukon government will donate $25k, while Whitehorse is mulling its own contribution By Jackie Hong The Yukon is sending money and firefighting equipment down to British Columbia to aid the province in its fight against wildfires raging across the Interior.

The Yukon government will donate $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, which is supporting tens of thousands of B.C. residents displaced by the fire. The territorial government will also be sending down 40 pumps to help with firefighting efforts, Premier Sandy Silver announced in Edmonton July 17.


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Posted: Jul 21, 2017

Alton Fire Department to Receive Over $800,000 in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources | RiverBender.com

CHICAGO - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a total of $2,695,377 to communities across Illinois through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
The AFG Program provides first-responder organizations with the access to much-needed emergency response equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, personal protective equipment and training in an effort to create safer, more prepared communities.
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