Sunnyside Fire Department receives federal grant

The Sunnyside Fire Department recently received word that it has been awarded a federal grant to enhance fire safety programs and fire prevention efforts.

Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) announced that the local department has been named a recipient of a $17,550 federal grant, a small portion of $744 million Congress set aside for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The grant program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Sunnyside Fire Department plans to use the $17,550 to educate children about fire safety and prevention, according to Aaron Markham, Battalion Chief of the Sunnyside Fire Department.

One of the tools the fire department plans to purchase with the funds is a "Sparky's Hazard House," an educational tool used nation-wide to teach children about the dangers of fire.

"The more that can be done to teach our children about fire prevention and raise awareness about the dangers of fire, the safer our communities will be," said Hastings. "I'm certain the Sunnyside Fire Department will put these dollars to good use."

. Melissa Dekker can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail


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