Anderson Fire Department Receives Vital Homeland Grant
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program (SAFER) awarded the Anderson Fire Department a $1.25 million dollar grant to assist with emergency preparation and response efforts. The award will specifically support efforts to rehire firefighters and maintain necessary staffing levels over the next two years.
“As Anderson’s representative in Congress and Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness Response and Communications, I was extremely excited to support the fire department’s application with a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency strongly encouraging and endorsing their receipt of this award,” Congresswoman Brooks said. “I congratulate Mayor Kevin Smith and Fire Chief Phil Rogers for their hard work and attention to detail while crafting an extremely competitive application. This week’s dangerous conditions were a reminder that we must never take for granted the courageous and vital services provided by our first responders. I know these funds will be put to good use on behalf of Anderson’s residents.”
SAFER Grants aim to enhance the nation’s response to fire and fire-related hazards. The goal of the program is to support 24 hour staffing levels in departments throughout the nation.
“We are pleased the SAFER Grant was awarded to Anderson to financially assist our fire services,” Mayor Kevin Smith said. “We are proud of our dedicated fire professionals who will use these funds to better assist our community.”
Awards are available to volunteer, combination and career fire departments. Overall funding for the grant program sits at nearly $320 million. Grants are awarded through a competitive process that involves automated evaluation and peer review. The U.S. Fire Administration, Grant Programs Directorate and several major fire service organizations assisted in developing this year’s standards.