WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $1,453,726 has been awarded to the Warrensville Heights Fire Department by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The funds, awarded through the Fiscal Year 2010 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program (SAFER), will be used to hire and rehire firefighters.
“Firefighters are often the first responders to emergency calls and Ohio depends on these brave men and women to keep our families safe,” Brown said. “These funds will provide the resources necessary to attract and retain frontline firefighters and provide Warrensville Heights with adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.”
This is round 12 of the Assistance to Firefighter Grants – SAFER announcements. SAFER Grants are used to hire firefighters and recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.
Warrensville Heights Fire Department also provides CPR training classes, fire extinguisher training, and a smoke detector give-away program.
SAFER grants bolster fire departments' ability to respond to fires and fire-related hazards, along with their overall level of preparedness. The funds provide for salaries, benefits, and general equipment needs.