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Deer Springs Fire District Receives FEMA Grant

Grant Helps to Upgrade District Services

Escondido- January 2011 Deer Springs Fire Protection District is pleased to announce a Grant for $120,000 which will be used to purchase four new heart monitor/defibrillators. The heart monitor/defibrillators will replace aging equipment that, by the statutory requirements of the State of California Code of Regulations, must be periodically upgraded or replaced.

Tight Fiscal Constraints

Due to the tight budgetary constraints currently placed on the District, replacing these expensive pieces of equipment would have been quite a challenge, explained Board President Tim Geiser. However, thanks to Fire Captain Tim Irwin at the Hidden Meadows Fire Station 3, the problem has been resolved. Captain Irwin applied for a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency which has a limited amount of funding for various first responders across the country. Agencies such as Deer Springs Fire District, must compete with thousands of other fire and rescue agencies across the United States for the funds. A concise, well written application is key and Captain Irwin proved himself well versed in articulating the District’s needs.

Grant Writing Expertise

For small Districts with limited funding sources, grants can be extremely important. Captain Irwin has made an important contribution to the District residents and to the people that these heart monitors will help save.