The funding will enable WPBFR to hire, train, and support fifteen (15) firefighters.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (August 8, 2017)—West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and West Palm Beach Fire Rescue (WPBFR) Chief Diana Matty announce that WPBFR has been named the recipient of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant. The funding will enable WPBFR to hire, train, and support fifteen (15) firefighters with matching funds from the City of West Palm Beach for three years.
FEMA approved the grant in the amount of $2,354,586.00. As a condition of this award, WPBFR is required to contribute a cost match in the amount of $1,463,664.00 of non-Federal funds. The Federal share is $2,354,586.00 of the approved total project cost of $3,818,250.00.
“These new firefighters will strengthen an already very strong West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Department,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are grateful to FEMA for the award and look forward to the entire City benefitting from these additional firefighters.”
The staffing is critical to maintaining safe fire rescue operations and the City’s favorable Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of “2”.
“The fifteen new firefighters will be able to provide all of the necessary emergency and non-emergency service delivery as other employees currently with the department,” said Chief Diana Matty. “They will further strengthen the available force should a natural or man-made disaster occur.”
The SAFER grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations 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 local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the.
To learn more about the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA Safer Grant, visit: https://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants. To learn more about WPBFR, visit: http://wpb.org/wpbfr/.