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PSE Foundation grant supports training center upgrades

VashonBePrepared received a $10,000 grant last week from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation to help with a renovation of the Penny Farcy Training Center.

VashonBePrepared received a $10,000 grant last week from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation to help with a renovation of the Penny Farcy Training Center.

The project, expected to be completed next year, will bring significant improvements to the building, which Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) owns. Those improvements will benefit both the fire department and VashonBePrepared, said Rick Wallace, the president of the preparedness organization. Among the changes will be technology upgrades, Wallace said, which are important because that building will serve as the island’s emergency operations center, the operations command post and the communications center in a disaster, as well as training center for the fire department.

PSE’s Patty McClements, delivered the funds last Friday. She noted that the PSE Foundation gives all of its grant money to emergency preparedness and safety efforts.

“We have long supported VashonBePrepared,” she added. They are an amazing organization, fully dedicated to the “what-ifs” and making sure residents are prepared and safe.”

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