Grant helps foothill fire district pay for additional rescue training and equipment |

Grant helps foothill fire district pay for additional rescue training and equipment

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Foothill Fire Protection District will be better equipped to handle emergency rescue situations in the Yuba County foothills with the help of a grant from Yuba Water Agency, according to a release.

The $8,500 grant, approved by the agency as part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, will help the fire department train 12 firefighters to the California State Fire Marshal standard for low angle rope rescues and purchase new harnesses, rescue rope, personal flotation devices and hardware for emergency rescue operations.

“The Foothill Fire Protection District provides valuable first responder and rescue services to some of the most remote areas in the foothills, including Yuba Water Agency’s facilities,” said Yuba Water Agency Vice-Chairman Randy Fletcher. “We appreciate their quick response capability, and are happy to support additional training and equipment through this program.”

The Foothill Fire Protection District provides first responder and emergency services to 112 square miles in the Yuba County foothills, including the areas around the agency’s New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir and New Colgate Powerhouse.

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This is another agency to benefit from Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, which was created in 2018. These grants are designed for first responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $10,000 per applicant annually, associated with the purchase of rescue equipment and specialized personnel training. Since its inception, the program has supported 12 agencies with $98,500 in grants.

Source: Yuba Water Agency

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