WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $16,750 has been awarded to the Erie County Firefighters Association to hire and retain firefighters.  The fiscal year 2010 funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

“First responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” Brown said.  “These funds will help ensure that the Erie County Firefighters Association has the resources needed to protect the residents and businesses of Erie County.”

This is round 19 of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program announcements.

SAFER grants bolster fire departments' ability to respond to fires and fire-related hazards along with their overall level of preparedness. These funds can also be used for recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and hiring firefighters. The grants provide for salaries, benefits, and general equipment needs.