Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi Announces Funds for Marysville Fire Department

May 29, 2014
Press Release

Competitive Grant Award of $285,000 for New Firefighting Equipment

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) is pleased to announce that the Marysville Fire Department will receive $285,000 in federal funding to purchase a new firefighting apparatus. The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The award was made as part of a competitive process.

“This grant helps the Marysville Fire Department keep our community safe with new and much needed firefighting equipment,” said Congressman Garamendi. “In an instant, a fire can kill, maim, and destroy our dearest possessions. The wildfires raging throughout our state have brought much of this devastation. With these federal funds, the Marysville Fire Department will purchase a water tender that will strengthen their ability to protect residents of the area from harm. I commend the Department for their initiative and skill in applying for this federal grant. I also thank our firefighters for their bravery in risking their lives to protect the life and limb of strangers.”

A water tender is a specialized firefighting apparatus designed for transporting water from a water source (such as a stream, lake, or hydrant) to a fire scene.  Water tenders are commonly used in rural areas, where there is no municipal water system, by shuttling water from the source to the fire engines at the incident.

“Our firefighters knew that replacement of the water tender was an important safety issue that needed to be addressed,” said Marysville/CAL FIRE Fire Apparatus Engineer Matt Brady, author of the grant request.

Marysville/CAL FIRE Captain Dale Skinner added, “As a department, we worked together to list the most specific reasons for the new equipment. Replacing the older piece of equipment with the new tender that provides the latest industry standards is a great benefit to the citizens of Marysville and the local surrounding rural areas.”

With this grant, the Department is purchasing a 3,000 gallon water tender with a 750 gallons per minute (GPM) pump. It will replace outdated existing equipment: a water tender built in 1983 that has almost 400,000 miles and that requires constant, costly maintenance.