Firefighting Grants Available for WV

Updated 8 years ago From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

BECKLEY, W.Va. – (HNN)  U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Monday announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for funding through its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program to help local fire departments recruit and retain firefighters.

“I strongly encourage our fire departments to take advantage of this Federal grant opportunity, which can provide scarce resources in helping to recruit and retain firefighters; I stand ready to assist them in any way I can,” said Rahall, who is Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over FEMA. “We too seldom recognize that firefighters are pursuing a labor of love, protecting our communities and safeguarding our homes and families.  Over the last couple of weeks, we again saw the dedication and commitment of our firefighters as they worked around the clock to help so many citizens who were affected by the power outages from the recent storms.”

The SAFER Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The program provides grants to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies, assuring communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

FEMA will award approximately $337,500 in funding under its Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 SAFER Grant program. SAFER grants are awarded to local fire departments to support activities in two categories: Hiring of Firefighters and Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters. Hiring of Firefighters grants help increase frontline firefighters, rehire laid off firefighters, retain firefighters facing imminent layoffs, or fill positions that were vacated through attrition to reduce response time and ensure an appropriate number of trained personnel will be assembled at the incident scene. One hundred percent of the actual salary and benefits for the SAFER-funded firefighters will be fully funded for two years. Recruitment and Retention grants assist volunteer fire departments to increase the number of trained, certified, and competent firefighters capable of safely responding to emergencies. One hundred percent funding is provided for periods of up to four years.

The application period for the FY 2012 SAFER Program opened today, Monday, July 16, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT) and will close on August 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Grant guidance for this program is available at http://www.fema.gov/firegrants/safer/index.shtm.

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