Congressman Collins Announces $37,462 SAFER Grant for the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $37,462 in federal funding for the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, which is designed to help fire departments maintain a sufficient number of firefighters.
“For volunteer fire departments, the high costs associated with new marketing and recruitment strategies are significant obstacles to overcome,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The SAFER grant program helps organizations like the Woodlawn Fire Company access federal funds so they can continue protecting our local communities for years to come. I was happy to work with the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company to secure this critical funding and ensure they’re able to implement new and improved recruitment strategies.”
This federal grant will help the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company fund a new LED sign to advertise new recruitment opportunities and improve upon their recruitment marketing efforts.
“This important funding will help us recruit new firefighters and retain the ones we have,” said Kevin Jewett, Chief of the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. “Recruitment and retentions are some of the greatest issues facing the local fire service. In order to continue to keep our communities safe we need to promote volunteer recruitment and this grant will help us do that.”
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) 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.