Oregon fire departments get summer staffing boost through $6 million in grants

The state is awarding $35,000 grants to more than 160 fire departments across Oregon, as those agencies bolster other communities fighting wildfires.

MT ANGEL, Ore. — As fire season begins, many fire departments in Oregon are getting a financial boost to increase staffing during the summer months.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal invited fire departments to apply for one-time $35,000 grants to help increase staffing for fire season. So far, more than 160 agencies have applied for the grants, which cap out at $6 million. That funding comes from Senate Bill 762, which passed after Oregon’s nightmarish 2020 fire season.

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