Appleby VFD getting 194k grant

From Sen. John Cornyn's office

WASHINGTON — Appleby Volunteer Fire Department will receive a grant worth $194,668 to increase the number of firefighters and support their work, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Thursday. The funding comes through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, which helps fire departments increase the number of firefighters.

"This funding will help ensure that Appleby Volunteer Fire Department has the resources necessary to recruit firefighters and other emergency response personnel," Sen. Cornyn said. "The men and women on the front lines of emergency response need more support than ever, and I applaud the local first responders and area leaders for their work to obtain this important assistance."

Sen. Cornyn has held roundtables with emergency first responders in several cities across the state to highlight security needs in Texas hometowns, and provide communities the opportunity to express their needs and concerns directly to Sen. Cornyn.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program helps fire departments increase the number of frontline firefighters. The goal is for fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities and ultimately attain 24-hour staffing, thus assuring that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

The SAFER grants support two specific activities: (1) the hiring of firefighters, and (2) recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. SAFER is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and is under the Office of Grants and Training of the Department of Homeland Security.