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Helping Our Communities Stay Safe: PG&E and California Fire Foundation Announce Grantees for Wildfire Safety Funding

55 Awards Totaling $680,000 Given to Fire Departments, Fire Agencies and Community Groups

Release Date: September 08, 2021
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Fire Foundation (CFF) has awarded a total of $680,000 in wildfire safety grants to 55 local fire departments, fire agencies and community groups. The funding will support purchasing personal protective and specialized equipment for firefighters, defensible space and vegetation management work, fuels and hazards reduction, and fire safety public education and outreach.

The grants are part of a broad Wildfire Safety and Preparedness Program (WSPP) that is administered and managed by the CFF. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) supports the program with $1.4 million in charitable funding. The program's objective is to raise awareness about wildfire safety and bring resources to underserved communities in high fire-threat areas.

The 2021 grantees are listed below. For a 2020 summary of the WSPP, click here.

"Once again, we are experiencing an extremely destructive wildfire season throughout the state that is impacting communities far and wide," said Rick Martinez, Executive Director of the California Fire Foundation. "Grant funding from the 2021 Wildfire Safety and Preparedness Program aims to bring additional resources to fire departments and local organizations to give them extra support to help keep our communities safe."

Since 2018, 200 fire departments and fire agencies statewide have received funding through the WSPP. Funding targets specific communities identified as having extreme or elevated fire risk as identified by the California Public Utilities Commission High Fire-Threat District map.

"As California's wildfire risk continues to grow, it will take all of us working together to find solutions to mitigate catastrophic wildfires. We're grateful to partner with CFF in supporting dozens of fire departments, agencies and community groups to bolster key defenses, including tools and strategies to prevent and contain wildfires, and fire safety education," said Carla Peterman, PG&E Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs.

The WSPP focuses on two key areas to help keep communities safe:

  • A Wildfire Safety Campaign that features fire safety education, developed by CFF, in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hmong to promote early evacuation during fires. The WSPP has worked hard to overcome language barriers by developing and distributing in-language fire-safety messaging. This campaign includes advertising on radio, television, and digital ads, and outdoor billboards in high fire-threat areas.
  • A Grant Program administered by the CFF through an application process. The CFF awards grants to recipient fire departments, agencies and community groups in support of projects and programs focusing on wildfire/disaster prevention, preparedness and/or relief and recovery assistance.

How the Grants Help Communities

PG&E's contribution continues a four-year collaboration with CFF. PG&E has provided $4.6 million in total support for fire safety awareness through the WSPP. The charitable contribution is shareholder-funded, not funded by PG&E customers.

The CFF, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, aids firefighters, their families and the communities they protect. The CFF's Firefighters on Your Side program, also supported by PG&E, provides multi-lingual, culturally relevant fire safety messaging in both digital and print form, to assist the public in staying safe.

List of 2021 WSPP Grantees
Arcata Volunteer Firefighters' Association
Artois Fire Protection District
Bayliss Fire Protection District
Big Pine Fire Protection District
Briceland Volunteer Fire Department
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
CERV of the Monterey Peninsula
Chico Fire Department
Clements Rural Fire Protection District
COPE Northern Sonoma County
Cornerstone Family Counseling Services
Cottonwood Fire Protection District
Downieville Fire Protection District
Elk Creek Fire Protection District (includes Elk Creek Volunteer FD)
Elk Volunteer Fire Department
Fall River Mills Fire Protection District
Foothill Fire Protection District
Foresthill Fire Protection District
Fortuna Fire Protection District
Hemet Fire Department
Inter-Canyon League
Jackson Valley Fire Protection District
Kern River Conservancy
Kids Rebuild
Lake Pillsbury Fire Protection District
Lemon Aide Project
Lompoc Fire Department
Mosquito Fire Protection District
Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council
Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council
Mountain Valley Fire Department
One Step Beyond
Orange County Fire
Ord Bend Fire Protection District
Penn Valley Fire Protection District
Placer Hills/Newcastle Fire Districts
Ponderosa Fire Brigade
Post Mountain Volunteer Fire Department
Rescue Fire Protection District
River Delta Fire District
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Sequoia Fire Safe Council (Tulare County) - Tulare Co. Resource Conservation District
Tehama Conservation Fund
Tenants Together
The American Lung Association
The CREW
Tuolumne Rancheria Fire Department
Twain Harte CSD (Twain Harte Fire)
Unite to Light
United Way Fresno and Madera Counties
West Stanislaus County Fire Protection District
Williams Fire Protection Authority
Yurok Fire Department
Zamora Fire Protection District

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