Wheat Ridge, CO – on Friday, February 18, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District (District) amounting to $1,346,524.00.
The DHS SAFER grant will enable the District to increase public safety through the hiring of 11 certified firefighters in fiscal year 2011. These firefighters will serve in the capacity of apparatus operators (engineers) and company officers. With the addition of these career firefighters and the continued use of the District’s innovative volunteer firefighter shift-based scheduling program, the District will provide consistent and qualified four-person staffing on all in service apparatus.
SAFER grants will fund 100% of the salary and benefits for 11 firefighters spanning a two-year performance period. During this performance period, there is no matching requirement. Following the end of the two-year performance period the District will assume responsibility for the salary and benefits of these personnel.
When asked about the importance of receiving SAFER funding Jerry Cassel, President of the District Board of Directors, stated:
“SAFER funding will allow the District to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) staffing and response recommendations, and allow for our firefighters to operate in a much safer and efficient manner to meet the needs of our community.”
According to DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “the SAFER Grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained, "front-line" firefighters available in their communities.
Since 2005, SAFER has awarded 1,137 grants totaling more than $500 million to fire departments across the country to help to increase staffing of frontline firefighters. This year, DHS has received 2,128 applications for nearly $1.25 billion in grant requests.
For media inquiries contact Steven Gillespie, Fire Chief at (303) 403-5900 or by E-mail: sgillespiewrfireorg
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Tags: Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge Fire District, WRFD
Feb 25 2011