WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $3,440,136 has been awarded to the Canton Fire Department by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The funds will be used to help rehire firefighters who were laid-off due to budget constraints.
"These funds will make our communities safer by putting first responders back on the job," Brown said. "We need to ensure that Canton firefighters have the resources they need to perform their jobs safely."
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. The funds provide for salaries, benefits and general equipment needs.