U.S. Senator Russ Feingold announced recently that the Washington Island Fire Department received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $27,360. This grant is provided by the United States Fire Administration (USFA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP), to support training, wellness and fitness, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
“This grant program has been an unqualified success in getting much-needed resources directly to local firefighters,” Feingold said. “I have been and continue to be a strong supporter of this program…The members of both volunteer and career fire departments put their lives on the line on a daily basis for others, and at virtually every meeting I have with Wisconsin firefighters, they tell me about the vital importance of these grants.”
Wisconsin communities have sent 746 applications to USFA, requesting a total amount of more than $103 million.