FEMA Supports Local Volunteer Fire Recruitment

FEMA Supports Local Volunteer Fire Recruitment

The Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has received a large grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help support the department’s recruitment efforts.

In a joint announcement Sept. 1, Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia) and Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) announced the department will receive $240,793.

The funding will be awarded through FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs.

We are pleased to announce this federal funding to support recruitment needs,” the Senators said in a joint statement. “These grants will help ensure adequate staffing, which is essential for fire departments to protect communities across the Commonwealth.”

In addition to Ashburn, the Prince George Fire & EMS also will receive $857,104 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.