WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $1,029,725 has been awarded to the Cleveland Fire Department in Cuyahoga County by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The funds will be used to rehire seven firefighters who were laid-off due to budget constraints.
"Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio," said Brown. "These funds will provide jobs for Cleveland's firefighters while ensuring that the Cleveland Fire Department will have the resources they need to protect Ohioans."
SAFER grants bolster fire departments' ability to respond to fires and fire-related hazards, along with their overall level of preparedness. These funds can be used for recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and hiring firefighters.
Sen. Brown was in Cleveland earlier this month to discuss recently introduced legislation that would prevent planned cuts and hire back critical public safety and service workers who have been laid-off because of tight budgets. The Local Jobs for America Act would authorize $75 billion in temporary funds over the next two years to local communities. Under the proposed legislation, grants would go directly to eligible local communities and nonprofit community organizations to decide how best to use the funds. It is estimated that the bill would create or save up to a million jobs quickly in both the public and private sectors and help restore access to vital services on which families rely.