WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $550,233 has been awarded to the Xenia Fire Division by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) grant program in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The fiscal year 2010 funds, awarded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program (SAFER), will be used to improve Ohio’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards.
“Firefighters put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” said Brown. “These funds will help ensure that the residents of southwest Ohio have the adequate firefighter staffing they need to keep their businesses, homes, and communities safe.”
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.