MOHAVE VALLEY – Mohave Valley Fire District (MVFD) received notification Friday from U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, who represents the 4th District of Arizona, that they have been awarded a $799,981 grant.
The award by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program will be utilized for vehicle acquisition to replace some of the fire district’s older equipment.
“We will be utilizing the grant funds to replace a 1975 500 GPM (gallon per minute) 2,500 gallon capacity tank-tender and a 1987 1,000 GPM 1,000 gallon capacity apparatus,” said Mohave Valley Fire District Fire Chief Ted Martin. “The replacement of these aged apparatus will make a significant improvement with the fire district’s apparatus fleet that serves the community of Mohave Valley.”
MVFD has received six grants through the FEMA AFG Program since its inception in 2001. The other years include: $155,481 in 2003 for fire operations and firefighter safety; $215,800 in 2005 for a firefighting vehicle; $520,000 in 2008 for personal protective equipment; $128,611 in 2009 for equipment; and $79,544 in 2011 for personal protective equipment.
According to FEMA officials, the primary goal of AFG is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
“Division Chief Harley Harmon was responsible for gathering the information and making the grant application,” Fire Chief Martin said. “Chief Harmon has worked diligently to pursue alternative methods, such as grants, to acquire equipment for the fire district.
“This is a significant award,” Fire Chief Martin said, “not only for the residents of the district, the firefighters that will have better tools to serve their community, but also to the success of Chief Harmon’s dedication to improving the quality of equipment and the district.”
MVFD’s area of responsibility encompasses 40 square miles and has 37 employees which include firefighters, various chiefs and administrative personnel. They have mutual aid agreements with Fort Mohave Fire District, Oatman Fire District, Golden Shores Fire District, Bullhead City Fire District and San Bernardino County Fire District which includes Needles, Calif.
The fire district operates three fire stations: two in Mohave Valley – the Administrative Offices and Station #81at 1451 Willow Dr.; Station #82 at 1595 Levee Dr.; and Station #84 at the AVI Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. The fire district also is responsible, via an agreement with the Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Counsel, to provided fire protection to all of the tribal properties.
For further information about MVFD, contact their administrative offices at (928) 768-9113 or visit their website at http://mohavevalleyfire.org.