DOLA grants Fire/Rescue $275K |

DOLA grants Fire/Rescue $275K

Money to go toward two wildland/urban interface engines

Joshua Roberts

— Rare has been the occasion when the Department of Local Affairs has turned down a funding request from Craig Fire/Rescue, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Johnston said.

“DOLA’s been very good to us,” he said.

That long-standing generosity has continued. The Fire Department has received a matching funds grant worth $275,000 from DOLA, the department reported this week.

The money will be used to pay for two wildland/urban interface engines.

“People are building more and more outside the boundaries of the city of Craig,” said Johnston, who will assume the role of fire department chief Dec. 1. “Not only do we have to battle wildfires, but intertwined with that are structure fires.”

Department firefighters presented the funding request to DOLA in October. The department learned it received the grant – which is contingent upon the department matching the $275,000 – last week.

This is the third consecutive year DOLA has granted money to the fire department.

Last year, the agency issued Craig Fire/Rescue $462,000 to cover 50 percent of the cost for a 100-foot articulating aerial platform truck.

The department’s latest DOLA grant caps off a successful go around for Moffat County in receiving state funds.

More than $1.4 million was distributed among Moffat County, Craig city government and the Moffat County School District.

The largest allocation, $849,000, went to Moffat County to help pay for large equipment and vehicles including Road and Bridge Department maintenance trucks and law enforcement vehicles.

The new fire trucks will replace two wildland engines, Johnston said. The Fire Department has researched the new trucks and will send out requests for bids in a week, he said.

A proposal to purchase the trucks could be submitted to the fire board at December’s meeting.

The Fire Department is seeking to have the new trucks put into service next year, Johnston said, preferably with one available in July and the other in September.

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