WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Richland County fire department was awarded new federal resources to hire firefighters. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the City of Mansfield Fire Department has been awarded a grant for staffing through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) SAFER grant program.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line each day to keep our communities safe. These new federal resources will help ensure that Mansfield has the skilled responders needed,” Brown said. “With so many communities already facing budget shortfalls, critical federal efforts like SAFER are pivotal in keeping our Ohio cities, towns, and villages safe.”

The City of Mansfield Fire Department was awarded $2,164,170 to hire firefighters.

The SAFER grant program supports the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. SAFER grants are awarded directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters. Interested fire departments can contact Sen. Brown’s Grant Coordinator to receive information about federal grant opportunities by clicking here or by calling 1-888-896-OHIO.