WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $538,350 to the Parma Heights Fire Department for the hiring of firefighters through its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program.

“Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families,” said Brown. “We must support our first-responder organizations so that communities like Parma Heights have the resources to shield families and homes from fire hazards.”

The SAFER Program supports fire departments across the country in enhancing their ability to maintain 24-hour fire department staffing and to protect their communities from fires and fire-related hazards. SAFER provides funds for hiring, recruiting and retaining frontline and volunteer firefighters to create an overall net increase in the number of trained, certified, and competent firefighting units capably responding to emergencies in their communities. More information about the SAFER Program can be found here.

Interested fire departments can contact Brown’s grant coordinator to receive information about federal grant opportunities by clicking here.