Bishop Announces $2.4 Million for Rochester Fire Department

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ROCHESTER , September 11, 2018 | comments
“Firefighters are often first on the scene, and they deserve our full support for their dedication to keeping our communities safe.”
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ROCHESTER, Mich. – Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the City of Rochester a $2.4 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. The funding will allow the city to hire an expected 15 new firefighters. Rep. Bishop and Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik today released the following statements on the grant announcement:  

“Firefighters are often first on the scene, and they deserve our full support for their dedication to keeping our communities safe,” said Rep. Bishop. “This FEMA SAFER grant will go a long way in providing our first responders with the personnel support they need, and allow the Rochester Fire Department to go from one emergency responder on duty – to six emergency responders on duty, 24 hours per day.”

“The Rochester Fire Department is extremely thankful to be a recipient of a FEMA SAFER grant. The $2.4 million grant will be a game changer for Rochester, and the adding of 15 firefighters will provide our residents and local area with a safer place to live and work. We are grateful to Congressman Mike Bishop for his assistance in securing this competitive grant for our community,” said Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant 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 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).

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