Hoeven: FEMA Awards more than $2.1 million to n.d. firefighter’s association

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2,113,876 to the North Dakota Firefighter’s Association. The funding is made available through the Fiscal Year 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, and will go towards developing a comprehensive working blueprint for moving North Dakota’s fire service forward. Specifically, the grant will focus on the recruitment and retention of firefighters in order to ensure the protection of North Dakota communities.

“Firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe, and it’s important that we equip them with the resources and personnel they need to safely and effectively do their jobs,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grant will allow the North Dakota Firefighter’s Association to hire an Assistant Training Director to recruit and retain personnel and to purchase fire training books. These measures will help the N.D. Firefighter’s Association to continue serving and assisting communities throughout the state.”