The Cincinnati Fire Department is getting an $8 million grant to help add firefighters and end brownouts, reports wlwt.com.
Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Thursday that the CFD had been awarded resources for staffing by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program.
“I’m just thrilled. It’s the last piece we consider, the last piece of our puzzle to stop the brownouts,” Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard Braun said.
The money will be used to add 50 firefighters and pay their salaries for two years. The grant will put the recruits in class by May and they could be on the job as early as November.
“Firefighters put their lives on the line each day to keep our communities safe. These new federal resources will help ensure that Cincinnati has the skilled responders and updated resources they need to safely do their jobs,” Brown said in a news release.
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.
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