Las Vegas Fire & Rescue was notified this morning that it was awarded $6.2 million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response” grant program more commonly known at SAFER. The funding will be used to hire personnel for the new Fire Station 108 which is planned to be opened in August. The grant will provides enough funding to man one fire engine and one rescue unit for two years at the new station.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) 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 NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720). Las Vegas Fire & Rescue made application to FEMA last fall for the grant.
The department will receive $3.1 million each year for two years. Fire station 108, which is located on East Bonanza Road just east of Lamb Boulevard, has been under construction for the past year and should open in August. A new Engine 108 is expected to arrive in June for the new station.
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