WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $215,660 has been awarded to Wyoming Fire - EMS to hire and retain firefighters.  The fiscal year 2010 funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

“First responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” said Brown.  “These funds will help ensure that Wyoming Fire - EMS has the staffing they need to protect the residents and businesses of Wyoming.”

This is round 16 of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program announcements.

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