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Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California

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Torres Warns of Local Impact of DHS Shutdown

February 25, 2015
Press Release
Local fire safety funds at risk if Congress allows DHS funding to expire
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     Contact:  Anna González
February 25, 2015                                                                        Phone: (202) 225 - 6161
 
REP. TORRES WARNS OF LOCAL IMPACT OF DHS SHUTDOWN
 
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona), a member of the Homeland Security Committee, warned that a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could directly disrupt millions of dollars in federal public safety grants in the state of California, including $1.6 million in Ontario and surrounding areas alone.
 
“While some are treating a possible shutdown of DHS as a political game, we are putting our national security and the safety of our local communities at risk,” said Torres.  “It is time to bring this disappointing episode to a close and pass a clean DHS funding bill now – without any policy riders.”
 
Unless Congress acts within the next three days, DHS, which administers federal fire service grants, would be forced to shut down and their ability to distribute these crucial funds to localities could be disrupted.  The City of Ontario Fire Department currently has $1.6 million in award funds for personal protective equipment that have not yet been disbursed.  The fire departments of Montclair, Upland, and Rancho Cucamonga, who are working closely with the Ontario Fire Department with this grant, would also benefit from these funds and could be impacted by a shutdown.
 
“Having spent much of my career in public safety, I know how important it is to be able to plan, prepare, and maintain the morale of those on the front lines,” Torres continued.  “These grants help our communities meet critical emergency management needs and make sure our first responders have the equipment they need to keep us and themselves safe.  Putting these funds at risk is reckless. It’s time to stop playing political games and bring a clean funding bill for a vote.”
 
A full list of municipalities in California that received Fiscal Year 2013 Assistance to Firefighters, Fire Prevention and Safety, and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants that could be affected if the department shuts down include:

 

City of Adelanto/SBCoFD Technology Upgrade

Adelanto

Operations and Safety

$16,200.00

Alameda Fire Department

Alameda

Fire Prevention

$80,954.00

Anaheim Fire & Rescue

Anaheim

Operations and Safety

$380,700.00

Cahuilla Indian Reservation

Anza

Hiring

$85,280.00

Apple Valley Fire Protection District

Apple Valley

Operations and Safety

$370,926.00

Atwater Fire Department

Atwater

Operations and Safety

$24,315.00

Placer County Fire Department

Auburn

Operations and Safety

$52,290.00

Auburn Volunteer Fire Department

Auburn

Operations and Safety

$23,592.00

Higgins Area Fire Protection District

Auburn

Hiring

$966,000.00

Kern County Fire Department

Bakersfield

Operations and Safety

$212,171.00

Barstow Fire District

Barstow

Combination

$77,524.00

Barstow Fire District

Barstow

Hiring

$1,392,882.00

City of Benicia

Benicia

Operations and Safety

$100,148.00

Big Bear City Fire Department

Big Bear City

Operations and Safety

$94,977.00

Big Creek Volunteer Fire Dept

Big Creek

Operations and Safety

$7,671.00

Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade

Big Sur

Operations and Safety

$24,768.00

Bodega Bay Fire Protection District

Bodega Bay

Operations and Safety

$50,178.00

Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Burbank

Fire Prevention

$307,224.00

Central County Fire Department

Burlingame

Operations and Safety

$89,195.00

North County Fire Protection District

Castroville

Operations and Safety

$121,578.00

Ceres Department of Public Safety- Fire Division

Ceres

Operations and Safety

$71,316.00

City of Chico Fire and Rescue

Chico

Hiring

$5,289,450.00

Compton Fire Department

Compton

Operations and Safety

$212,229.00

Cottonwood Fire Protection District

Cottonwood

Operations and Safety

$80,210.00

Daly City Fire Department

Daly City

Operations and Safety

$51,201.00

City of Davis Fire Department

Davis

Operations and Safety

$352,151.00

Dorris Volunteer Fire Department

Dorris

Operations and Safety

$99,214.00

City of El Centro Fire Department

El Centro

Operations and Safety

$236,241.00

Deer Springs Fire Protection

Escondido

Operations and Safety

$22,178.00

Farmersville Fire Department

Farmersville

Hiring

$453,294.00

City of San Mateo Fire Department

Foster City

Operations and Safety

$68,365.00

City of Fresno - Fire Department

Fresno

Operations and Safety

$337,095.00

City of Fresno - Fire Department

Fresno

Hiring

$2,587,200.00

Greenfield Fire Protection District

Greenfield

Hiring

$297,478.00

City of Hayward Fire Department

Hayward

Operations and Safety

$614,453.00

Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District

Hercules

Hiring

$2,475,991.00

Hollister Fire Department

Hollister

Hiring

$2,199,420.00

Huntington Beach Fire Department

Huntington Beach

Operations and Safety

$69,952.00

Imperial Beach Fire Department

Imperial Beach

Hiring

$567,072.00

Independence Volunteer Fire Protection District

Independence

Operations and Safety

$61,584.00

City of Ione Fire Department

Ione

Operations and Safety

$304,798.00

Jackson Rancheria Fire Department

Jackson

Combination

$26,795.00

City of La Mesa Fire Department

La Mesa

Operations and Safety

$16,715.00

La Verne Fire Department

La Verne

Operations and Safety

$70,200.00

City of Larkspur

Larkspur

Operations and Safety

$138,368.00

Lathrop Manteca Fire District

Lathrop

Operations and Safety

$1,899,293.00

MySafeLA

Los Angeles

Fire Prevention

$568,376.00

Marysville Fire Department

Marysville

Combination

$285,000.00

Marysville Fire Department

Marysville

Hiring

$758,952.00

City of Merced Fire Department

Merced

Operations and Safety

$66,773.00

City of Merced Fire Department

Merced

Operations and Safety

$72,678.00

Millbrae Fire Department

Millbrae

Operations and Safety

$25,871.00

Milpitas Fire Department

Milpitas

Operations and Safety

$48,713.00

Modesto Regional Fire Authority

Modesto

Operations and Safety

$91,613.00

Montebello Fire Department

Montebello

Operations and Safety

$129,600.00

Moraga Orinda Fire District

Moraga

Operations and Safety

$125,910.00

South Santa Clara County Fire District

Morgan Hill

Hiring

$533,052.00

Mount Shasta Fire Protection District

Mount Shasta

Operations and Safety

$54,146.00

mt shasta city fire department

Mount Shasta

Operations and Safety

$54,801.00

Newport Beach Fire Department

Newport Beach

All Paid/Career

$69,579.00

Oakland Fire Department

Oakland

Operations and Safety

$246,514.00

City of Ontario Fire Department

Ontario

Operations and Safety

$1,618,469.00

El Medio Fire Protection District

Oroville

Combination

$48,231.00

City of Oroville Fire Department

Oroville

Hiring

$814,232.00

Butte County Fire Department

Oroville

Recruitment

$336,500.00

City of Oxnard

Oxnard

Operations and Safety

$329,850.00

City of Oxnard

Oxnard

Operations and Safety

$204,750.00

City of Oxnard

Oxnard

Fire Prevention

$213,750.00

Pasadena, City of

Pasadena

Operations and Safety

$508,747.00

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Pleasant Hill

Operations and Safety

$21,780.00

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Pleasant Hill

Hiring

$9,571,500.00

Porterville Fire Department

Porterville

Combination

$18,526.00

Tehama County Fire Department

Red Bluff

Hiring

$1,112,599.00

Shasta County Fire Department

Redding

Hiring

$1,131,594.00

City of Redlands Fire Department

Redlands

Combination

$73,571.00

City of Rio Vista Fire Department

Rio Vista

Hiring

$799,218.00

City of Riverside Fire Department

Riverside

All Paid/Career

$522,089.00

City of Salinas Fire Department

Salinas

Operations and Safety

$810,350.00

City of Salinas Fire Department

Salinas

Hiring

$2,905,419.00

Salyer Volunteer Fire Department

Salyer

Operations and Safety

$40,248.00

Samoa Peninsula Fire District

Samoa

All volunteer

$33,127.00

Ross Valley Fire Department

San Anselmo

Operations and Safety

$250,389.00

San Bruno Fire Department

San Bruno

Operations and Safety

$58,208.00

San Francisco Fire Department

San Francisco

Operations and Safety

$1,485,014.00

San Jose Fire Department

San Jose

Operations and Safety

$2,012,035.00

San Jose Fire Department

San Jose

Operations and Safety

$72,930.00

Alameda County Fire Department

San Leandro

Vehicle Acquisition

$765,000.00

Alameda County Fire Department

San Leandro

Hiring

$4,165,488.00

University Auxiliary and Research Services Corpora

San Marcos

Fire Prevention

$911,703.00

Santa Barbara City Fire Department

Santa Barbara

Operations and Safety

$591,311.00

Santa Maria City Fire Department

Santa Maria

Operations and Safety

$59,527.00

Santa Monica Fire Department

Santa Monica

Operations and Safety

$32,400.00

Santa Rosa Fire Department

Santa Rosa

Operations and Safety

$347,061.00

Santa Rosa Fire Department

Santa Rosa

Hiring

$853,356.00

Santa Rosa Fire Department

Santa Rosa

Fire Prevention

$27,039.00

Seaside Fire Department

Seaside

Operations and Safety

$90,000.00

Fire Chiefs Association of Shasta County

Shasta Lake

Recruitment

$1,574,600.00

Sierra County Fire Protection District #1

Sierraville

Operations and Safety

$211,996.00

Tuolumne County Fire Department

Sonora

Recruitment

$543,984.00

Lake Valley Fire Protection District

South Lake Tahoe

Combination

$256,500.00

Fallen Leaf Fire Department

South Lake Tahoe

Vehicle Acquisition

$353,400.00

Strawberry Fire Protection District

Strawberry

Operations and Safety

$52,378.00

Strawberry Fire Protection District

Strawberry

Vehicle Acquisition

$369,205.00

North Tahoe Fire Protection District

Tahoe City

Operations and Safety

$155,936.00

North Tahoe Fire Protection District

Tahoe City

Hiring

$1,614,627.00

Calaveras Consolidated Fire Protection District

Valley Springs

Operations and Safety

$53,202.00

City of Ventura Fire Department

Ventura

Hiring

$2,430,056.00

Victorville Fire Department

Victorville

All Paid/Career

$50,400.00

Victorville Fire Department

Victorville

Vehicle Acquisition

$497,565.00

Los Coyotes Band of Indians

Warner Springs

Operations and Safety

$37,876.00

West Covina Fire Department

West Covina

Hiring

$4,661,329.00

Wheatland Fire Authority

Wheatland

Vehicle Acquisition

$256,798.00

Winterhaven Fire Protection District

Winterhaven

Paid On-Call/Stipend

$36,404.00

Woodside Fire Protection District

Woodside

Operations and Safety

$49,676.00

Yuba City Fire Department

Yuba City

Operations and Safety

$18,383.00

Sutter Co. Fire Department

Yuba City

Operations and Safety

$438,168.00

City of Napa

Napa

Hiring

$850,146.00