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CHAIR FLETCHER & OTHER SUPES APPROVE NEARLY $1.1M MORE FOR COUNTY FIRE PREVENTION & SUPPRESSION ACTIVITIES

12/07/21

 

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the other members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized receipt of $1,097,129 in grants from four different entities to support fire prevention activities such as creating defensible space, fire suppression tools, and training.

“Wildfire prevention and suppression activities protect San Diegans, preserve property, and keep our communities safe. Annually as a County we aggressively pursue State and Federal funds to help underwrite the costs associated with these emergency services; I am excited that our team has successfully secured one million dollars more to put toward this worthy fight,” said Chair Fletcher.      

The more than $1 million amount comes from Items #5-8 and was approved today on the consent agenda. The funding, services, and entities issuing the funds are as follows:   

  • $793,070 million from a California Climate Investment Fire Prevention Grant to prioritize critical fire prevention activities along state rights-of-way, within local communities and county parks.  Increase evacuation readiness, increase defensive space by increasing inspections, strategically reduce fuels to prevent the spread of wildfire; and strengthen tactical advantage options for fire suppression operations.
  • $247,059 Received from California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program will retrofit homes with fire-resistant materials and create defensible space around homes and communities 
  • $50,000 from the Fire Safety Council of San Diego County to purchase fire retardants for areas at high risk of wildfires.
  • $7,000 from the Burn Institute to fund services and supplies related to the Citizen Emergency Response Training (CERT) program.