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Cornyn Announces Weatherford Fire Department to Receive $484,872 Grant
Funding will be used to increase the number of firefighters and support their work as first responders
WASHINGTON—Weatherford Fire Department will receive a grant worth $484,872 to increase the number of firefighters and support their work, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Friday. The funding comes through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, which helps fire departments increase the number of firefighters.
“This funding will help ensure that Weatherford Fire Department has the resources necessary to recruit firefighters and other emergency response personnel,” Sen. Cornyn said. “The men and women on the front lines of emergency response need more support than ever, and I applaud the local first responders and area leaders for their work to obtain this important assistance.”
Sen. Cornyn has held roundtables with emergency first responders in several cities across the state to highlight security needs in Texas hometowns, and provide communities the opportunity to express their needs and concerns directly to Sen. Cornyn.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program helps fire departments increase the number of frontline firefighters. The goal is for fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities and ultimately attain 24-hour staffing, thus assuring that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.
The SAFER grants support two specific activities: (1) the hiring of firefighters, and (2) recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. SAFER is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and is under the Office of Grants and Training of the Department of Homeland Security.
Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Armed Services and Budget Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.