Fort Worth residents will benefit from a federal grant that will help protect them during fire-related incidents.
The Fort Worth Fire Department will receive a $3.3 million grant called Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, said the office of congress woman Kay Granger in a news release Thursday.
Granger announced the department received the SAFER grant award on Thursday.
The objective of this grant is to provide the Fort Worth Fire Department with enough funding to increase the number of frontline firefighters they have. Ultimately, with an increase in staff this can result in a 24-hour rescue team that will assist a community at all times of the day, said Granger.
"The Fort Worth Fire Department is a worthy recipient of this SAFER grant. This grant program assists communities across the country to ensure they have enough trained firefighters on duty to meet the many demands placed on our first responders," said Granger, in a news release. "This grant is an investment in the future of Fort Worth. As Fort Worth continues to grow, it's of vital interest to make sure our increase in population is equally met with the appropriate number of fire and emergency response personnel on duty at any given time."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Grant Program Directorate manages the SAFER program. This program is well known for helping former, current and future firefighters obtain a job. Among all of the support they provide to firefighters, some of the few are helping pay for their benefits through grant funds during a two-year award performance period.