President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced on Friday that the Department of Energy will award $1 billion in fresh air fund awards to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Air Force to help them meet a $1 trillion challenge in 2025.
“I am pleased to announce today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1,037,000 in funds to support the National Airborne Rescue and Emergency Service to help the agencies and communities affected by the wildfires that swept across the West Coast,” Trump said in a statement.
“The funds are expected to be awarded in the coming days.”
The announcement comes after Trump signed a bill on Wednesday that allocated $1 million in emergency funds to the agencies in 2020, but it did not include any specific funding for the new agency.
The bill did provide a $2.5 million grant to the agency for research and development of unmanned aerial systems to assist in the fight against wildfires.
The funding also includes $250,000 to help train and equip local emergency management teams in preparation for wildfire-related incidents, as well as $1 Million to help fund the construction of a new emergency management building.
Trump also announced the creation of a $30 million fund to help support disaster relief efforts.
The White House did not provide a total cost for the initiative.
Trump has called the fires a major threat to the United State and has ordered the military to send up to 1,000 troops to the West to help fight the fires.
Trump signed the bill into law on Wednesday after weeks of negotiations between congressional Republicans and Democrats.
The funds will be allocated for four years, and will be used to assist the agencies with a $500 million plan to expand firefighting operations in 2027, the White House said.