Sen. Brown Announces More than $6.2 Million to Support Northeast Ohio Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $6,257,742 has been awarded to the fire departments of Akron and Niles 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 northeast Ohio have the personnel and resources they need to perform their jobs safely."

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.

Fire Department

County

Funding

City of Akron Fire Department

Summit

$6,017,559

City of Niles Fire Department

Trumbull

$240,183

In December, Brown wrote to Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness Timothy Manning in support of the Akron Fire Department's grant application to rehire 38 displaced workers. These staffing levels ensure adequate protection for the more than 200,000 residents of the City of Akron.

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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