(WKBW release) Wednesday, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Lackawanna Fire Department will receive a grant totaling $458,752 in Round 7 of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program- Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER).
According to a news release:
SAFER awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness. The Lackawanna Fire Department will use this funding to add four new firefighters to the department.
"With these funds, Lackawanna residents can rest easy knowing even more firefighters stand at the ready,” said Schumer. “This investment will help ensure that our local heroes have the personnel on their team to work as efficiently and effectively as possible to save lives.”
"We are excited to receive this SAFER grant and we want to thank Senator Schumer for his support. With this grant we will be able to add new firefighters that will help us continue to keep Lackawanna residents safe" said Fire Chief Ralph Galanti.
Schumer was a sponsor of the legislation that led to the creation of this funding program for local governments and fire departments to help defray the rising costs of equipment and fire prevention. The Operations and Firefighter Safety Program funds can go towards training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
The goal of the SAFER grant program is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards. The objective of the program is to award grants directly to volunteer, combination and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters, and to rehire firefighters who were laid off due to the economy.