Anchorage Fire Department benefits from SAFER grant
Recently I was pleased to announce that the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) was awarded federal funds to recruit, train and retain firefighters for the enhancement of and continued fire service to local citizens.
Through the SAFER grant (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) section of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program (AFG), a program supported by Alaska’s Congressional delegation and municipal leaders, the AFD was recently awarded $5 million. The two-year grant requires no matching funds from the municipality.
In these tough economic times, local governments are trying to balance public safety with finite resources. This money will enhance public safety at no cost to local taxpayers. Additionally, rapid response is essential to public safety and this award will allow us to better serve the community.
Fire Chief Mark Hall noted, "As a taxpayer-supported entity, we are always looking for ways to manage expenses and improve services to the citizens and guests of Anchorage, and grant funding is one way to accomplish both.”
The goal of the SAFER grant is to enhance local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by NFPA and OSHA. Specifically, SAFER funds are designed to assist local fire departments in increasing their staffing and deployment capabilities.