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Kevin Hardwick - District 10

Legislator Hardwick announces grant will assist volunteer firefighters with recruitment

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-District 10, announces that during its July 22 session the Legislature unanimously accepted a $498,800 grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency to enhance operations of the County's volunteer firefighters.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will be administered by the County's Department of Emergency Services to implement a program that will enhance the ability of the County's 94 volunteer fire departments to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.

"Over the years, volunteer firefighters have saved us millions of dollars while protecting our lives and property. This grant will help them continue to do so," Legislator Hardwick said.

The funding will be used for personnel, and to purchase necessary services, and supplies and equipment. Fire companies face many challenges when attempting to recruit new members and this grant will help departments deal with some of those issues.

The grant was requested by the Erie County Department of Emergency Services-Division of Fire Safety, in partnership with the Erie County Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Organization.

"Securing grants such as this one is an important function of the County's Emergency Services department," Legislator Hardwick added. For additional information, or to speak with Legislator Hardwick, please call 873-3438 or e-mail Kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.

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