Indianapolis Fire Department to Hire 39 Firefighters with Grant

A federal grant will make it possible for the Indianapolis (IN) Fire Department to hire 39 additional firefighters.

RTV6 reports ( that the city has qualified for a $4M Staffing Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, which will allow the department to maintain current service levels and keep all the city’s fire stations open. The department has not hired a new recruit class since 2008.

“I think without this SAFER grant, we would be cutting services,” Mike Reeves, president of Indianapolis’ local firefighters union, said.


The SAFER grant program was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase the number of available line firefighters in their communities. For more on these grants, visit

For more on budget cuts and firefighter staffing, consider Minimum Engine Staffing , Handling Staffing Emergencies, Inside a Budget Fight : It Never Ends, and Nobody Wins, and Are We Short -Staffed or Just Short -Sighted?

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