Tulalip Tribes Award Grant To Everett Fire Department For Drones

Word in from Everett Fire on the receipt of a grant of $47,393.00 from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions Fund that will allow the Department to purchase two drones to be used in emergency operations. Here’s a brief about the award.

Chief Dave DeMarco, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, Marilyn Sheldon from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions Fund and Assistant Chief Rich Llewellyn at Everett Fire HQ. Photo Credit Everett Fire.

This past week, Mayor Cassie Franklin, Chief Dave DeMarco, and Assistant Chief Rich Llewellyn met with Marilyn Sheldon from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions Fund (tulalipcares.org), to accept a grant for the purchase of a drone and associated equipment.

The Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions Fund donated nearly $150,000 to three area public safety agencies for the purchase of drones and associated equipment. The Everett Fire Department (EFD) was the lead agency in submitting the grant application and was joined in the process by the Tulalip Bay Fire Department (Fire District 15) and the Tulalip Tribal Police Department. The joint nature of the grant application and award is reflective of the interconnected nature of fire, police, and other public safety agencies in Snohomish County.

Drones, which are also referred to as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), provide unique capabilities for smaller public safety agencies who are unable to purchase or maintain equipment such as helicopters or airplanes. Grant funds will allow each agency to purchase two drones that have both optical and infrared sensors. This equipment will enhance the EFD’s response to structure fires, hazardous materials incident, land and water-based rescue operations, and fire investigations. The EFD expects to begin using this equipment following completion of training later this summer.

The Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contribution Funds program has assisted over 245 charitable organizations with over 50 million dollars since 1993 working in partnership with the surrounding communities including Marysville, Everett and Snohomish County to make a positive difference.

We would like to thank Tulalip Tribes for their generosity and community partnership.

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