The Forney Fire Department (FFD) was recently notified that the department would be receiving a three-year grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would provide a substantial amount of funding that would allow the department to hire an additional six firefighters.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants program was created to provide funding directly to fire departments to help them increase or maintain the number of trained firefighters. The program also aims to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, in response to standards established by the National Fire Protection Association.
“We believe that this grant will provide the staff we need to better protect the residents and other community members,” said Fire Marshal John Holcomb.
The SAFER grant will cover 75% of the usual costs associated with the hiring of a first-year firefighter in year one and two, then cover 35% of the usual costs associated with the hiring of a first-year firefighter in year three. This is the second time the FFD has received a SAFER Grant and will have all six firefighters on staff by the first week in December. These six firefighters will not only serve the City of Forney, but the surrounding 80 square miles that make up the Emergency Services District No. 6.