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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Yuba Water Agency provides grants, loan to local first responders for new equipment

Camptonville Fire Department's new rescue truck

Several Yuba County first-responder agencies will be able to purchase new emergency response equipment with the help of funding from Yuba Water Agency. 

These agencies provide emergency and rescue services for areas associated with Yuba Water Agency’s facilities and recreation near New Bullards Bar and on the Yuba River. 

Funds from Yuba Water Agency will be used to purchase the following equipment:

Emergency response vehicle for the Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department - $59,363

A $39,575 grant and $19,788 loan will help the Camptonville Community Services District replace the Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department’s outdated emergency response vehicle. 

The fire department’s current emergency response vehicle was recently taken out of service due to safety concerns and exceeding its useful service life. 

Over the last three years, the Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department used the recently-retired truck to respond to more than 40 emergencies near Yuba Water’s dams and the surrounding areas.

The Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department provides 24-hour emergency and rescue services around New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir and its recreation areas. 

Fire equipment for Dobbins-Oregon House Fire Protection District - $10,000

This grant will fund a new self-contained breathing apparatus and associated bottles, wildland hose clamps and fire shelters as a part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program.

A self-contained breathing apparatus is a device worn by rescue workers and firefighters to provide breathable air in dangerous situations. Fire shelters are devices used by firefighters for protection from direct flames and heat when dealing with wildland fires.

The Dobbins-Oregon House Fire Protection District responds to medical emergencies, wildland and structure fires, vehicle and boat accidents, and search and rescue operations on the Yuba River and near Yuba Water Agency’s facilities. 

Rescue equipment for Wheatland Fire Authority - $10,000

This grant will cover the costs to purchase water and confined space rescue equipment for the Wheatland Fire Authority as a part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program.

The fire department’s current water safety and confined space equipment recently expired, and these funds will allow the department to purchase the necessary gear to outfit its entire team, including ropes, webbing and harnesses.

The Wheatland Fire Authority provides rescue services for people recreating on the Yuba River, and through mutual aid agreements with other first-responder agencies, may support emergencies at New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir.

GPS units for Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse - $10,000

As a part of the Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, this funding will help the Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse purchase upgraded GPS radio units.

The new GPS units will be used to relay the exact locations of posse members during search and rescue situations, while also increasing radio communication capabilities.

The Yuba County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse provides search and rescue services throughout Yuba County, including areas around New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir and other Yuba Water Agency facilities.

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