Friday, February 24, 2012

Air Time: Fire districts project is a big winner

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

We’re working with fire districts throughout Thurston County on a project that I call a “quadruple win.”

That’s because it’s expected to save millions in taxpayer dollars, reduce harmful air pollution (including climate-changing greenhouse gases), protect people and the environment, and create and support jobs.

And we’re getting these benefits for a relatively small investment – around $640,000 in state and federal money, which we’re providing as grants to the fire districts. The districts use the money to install pollution-reducing technology on some of their fire engines, ambulances and other vehicles.

You can read this Ecology news release for more details on the project.

This type of work started last year with the Poulsbo Fire Department, as described in this previous blog post. We’re hoping to partner with more fire districts in the future.

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