From an Alameda Fire Department press release:
The Alameda Fire Department was awarded a $1.76 million dollar federal grant
Friday to keep firefighters on duty.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through the Staffing for
Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program, awarded
$1,763,754 to Alameda. This grant will cover the full cost of six firefighter
positions for a period of two years.
Alameda was also a recipient of a SAFER Grant award in 2010, which allowed for
six laid-off firefighter positions to be rehired. These rehired positions will be
maintained because of this new SAFER grant award.
Alameda Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi stated, “We are extremely grateful that our grant application has been accepted. This will be of major importance in maintaining the fire, rescue, and emergency medical service levels provided to the community.”
The SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments in order to help them increase 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 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). For
details. visit www.nfpa.org/SAFERActGrant.