WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources have been awarded to a fire department in Cuyahoga County. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that the Cleveland Heights Fire Department has been awarded resources for staffing by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) SAFER program.
“Firefighters put their lives on the line each day to keep our communities safe. These new federal resources will help ensure that the Cleveland Heights Fire Department has the skilled responders and updated resources needed,” Brown said. “With so many communities already facing budget shortfalls, critical federal efforts like SAFER are pivotal in keeping our Ohio cities, towns, and villages safe.”
This is round seven of the Fiscal Year 2013 AFG Program Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) announcements. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the grant program in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The Cleveland Heights Fire Department was awarded $1,171,758 in SAFER award funding.
The SAFER grant program supports the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. SAFER grants are awarded directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters. More information can be found http://www.fema.gov/firegrants. Interested fire departments can contact Brown’s Grant Coordinator to receive information about federal grant opportunities by clicking here.