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The Douglas Fire Department is proud to announce that we have been awarded a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant today in the amount of $238,095.24. These funds will be utilized to support the replacement of our 1973 AMC Forestry Truck. This new vehicle will enhance firefighter and public safety in both the Town of Douglas and the communities that Douglas provides mutual aid to. The vehicle will become the department’s first due vehicle for forestry incidents in our community and our 5900 acre state forest.
With the fire season becoming more severe and lengthy, we cannot underestimate the importance of the Douglas Fire Department being equipped with a modern forestry vehicle to protect structures that border the wooded areas in our community. Large fires also have the potential to impact major transportation routes, can result in loss of use of open space, agricultural space/animals, damage to power transmission lines/water infrastructure, as well as cause health impacts from poor air quality. This modern forestry vehicle will undoubtedly improve the department’s capability to safely and efficiently manage our community’s urban/wildland interface risks.