Durbin Announces a Nearly $2.5 Million FEMA Grant to Springfield Firefighters
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has awarded a $2,496,262 grant to the Springfield Fire Department, in Springfield, Illinois, for recruitment initiatives aimed at increasing the number of frontline firefighters.
“Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day to protect America's citizens,” Durbin said. “As these brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way, we must ensure that they are equipped with the best resources possible to do their jobs well and that fire departments have enough trained firefighters.”
This funding is provided through the Fiscal Year 2010 DHS’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The SAFER program seeks to enhance a department’s ability to maintain 24-hour staffing and ensures that the community has adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. In the 2009 award year, Illinois received 8 awards – totaling over $2.4 million in federal funding to hire and recruit additional firefighters. In FY2010, the program will award approximately $420 million nationwide in competitive grants to fire departments and statewide or local firefighter interest groups.
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