Sen. Brown Announces More Than $3.7 Million to Support Elyria Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $3,726,855 has been awarded to the Elyria fire department in Lorain County by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” said Brown. “These funds ensure that firefighters in Elyria have the personnel and resources they need to perform their jobs safely.”

In December, Brown wrote to Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness Timothy Manning in support of the Elyria Fire Department’s grant application to hire six replacement firefighters and rehire 17 displaced workers. These staffing levels ensure adequate protection for the more than 50,000 residents of the City of Elyria.

SAFER grants bolster fire departments’ ability to respond to fires and fire-related hazards, and bolsters overall level of preparedness.

These funds can be used for recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and hiring firefighters. According to DHS, the SAFER grants are used to improve the ability of fire departments to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and assure their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.  This includes increasing the number of frontline firefighters and rehiring firefighters who were laid-off as a result of the economy.

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