Cuyahoga County: Firefighters get $4.3 million in funding

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The Cleveland and Cuyahoga Heights fire departments get millions infunding.

WASHINGTON D.C. -- $4.3 million in funding will help hire and retain firefighters in Cleveland and Cuyahoga Heights.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said $4,332,247 has been awarded to the Cleveland Fire Department and Cuyahoga Heights Fire Department by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) grant program in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

The fiscal year 2010 funds, awarded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program (SAFER), will be used to improve Ohio's ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards.

"Firefighters put their lives on the line every day across Ohio," said Brown. "These funds will help ensure that the residents of northeast Ohio have the adequate firefighter staffing they need to keep theirbusinesses, homes, and communities safe."

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