Seventy rural fire protection districts and fire department agencies have been awarded a total of $152,597 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants to purchase personal protective clothing, fire shelters and basic fire suppression tools.

The money was provided by the U.S. Forest Service and administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Fire districts also can use the grants for training, to update radio communications or to acquire new apparatus. South Sound recipients include:

• Lewis County: Napavine, FPD No. 5, $2,597.08; Onalaska, FPD No. 1, $3,861.51; Toledo, FPD No. 2, $1,147.27; Morton, FPD No. 4, $565.73; Winlock, FPD No. 15, $2,393.59.

• Mason County: Shelton, FPD No. 4, $1,265.55; Belfair, FPD No. 2, $1,725.07.

• Pierce County: Eatonville, Eatonville Fire Department, $981.05; Elbe, FPD No. 23, $1,589.52; Orting, FPD No. 18, $530.76; Tacoma, FPD No. 13, $2,615.79.

• Thurston County: Olympia, Black Lake Fire Department, $2,215.59; Yelm, FPD No. 17, $896.55; Rochester, FPD No. 16, $1,589.43; Olympia, FPD No. 13, $71.38.