August 22, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $4 Million To Support Three Virginia Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $4,030,078 million in federal funding for three Virginia fire departments through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funding, which will go to fire departments in Hanover, Warrenton, and Fairfax will be awarded through FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs.

“We are pleased to announce this federal funding to help keep firefighters on the job,” the Senators said. “These grants are essential to ensuring that each fire department can effectively support hiring and recruitment efforts, strengthening their ability to protect communities across Virginia every single day.”

The following Virginia fire departments will receive funding under the SAFER program:

  • The Hanover Fire & EMS will receive $1,002,113 in funding to support staffing needs;
  • The Fauquier County Department of Fire and Emergency Services in Warrenton will receive $2,589, 573 to support hiring and;
  • The City of Fairfax Fire Department will receive $438,392 to support recruitment.

The primary goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ ability to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards. FEMA’s SAFER program specifically provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained firefighters in their communities.