Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the California Fire Foundation announced that the Weaverville Fire District received a total of $15,500 as part of a new 2019 Wildfire Safety and Preparedness grant program. The program provides funding for fire agencies, firefighters and Community/Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams in Northern California. The grants are targeted specifically for communities identified as extreme or elevated fire risk by the California Public Utilities Commission High Fire-Threat District map.
The Weaverville Fire District is using the funding to continue efforts to reduce the risk of catastrophic damage to homeowners in the event of a wildfire. Since 2009 Weaverville Fire District has operated a hazardous fuels reduction crew.
“Our target demographic in Trinity County is senior citizens, low-income households, and disabled individuals. One of our most challenging obstacles in making our program a success is finding funding. Our program is funded entirely on grants. This gives us the ability to offer our services at little to no cost to the homeowner,” said Chief Todd Corbett, Weaverville Fire District. “Too many times I have seen the damage wildfires can cause to local communities and our goal at Weaverville Fire is to protect our community to give it the best chance possible in the event of a wildfire.”
Grants funded by PG&E were awarded to 26 applicants – a total of more than $347,000 – for projects and programs to help reduce the risk of wildfires in local communities. The California Fire Foundation carefully reviewed all grant applications and selected the grantees. CFF also will administer the funds.