(September 5, 2017) The Frisco Fire Department has been awarded a $1,944,586 SAFER Grant. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This grant will provide partial funding for 12 firefighters that will staff an additional Engine Company.
The SAFER grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments to help them increase or maintain the number of trained “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the department’s ability to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards that are established by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).
The grant is awarded through a competitive process. The City of Frisco was selected from among thousands of applicants and is 1 of only 10 selected in Texas and 240 in the US. “We are excited about receiving this grant and the opportunity that it brings to the City and its citizens by placing these additional firefighters on duty” Fire Chief Mark Piland said. The department will conduct an entrance exam on September 16, 2017 and will have the new firefighters hired by the end of January 2018.