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Beginning March 3, 2013 grant funds awarded from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) began paying for salaries and benefits for five new fire fighters. This two year grant totaled $658,120.00.
SAFER provides potential for grant fund extensions for qualified, Military Veterans hired through the program. Fire Chief Chuck Witt stated " Three of the five fire fighters hired by the Columbia Fire Department through the SAFER grant are Military Veterans. I am pleased to report that a one year extension for their positions totaling $203,370 has just been awarded."
"This is a very positive development and greatly aids our efforts to provide outstanding customer service to the citizens of Columbia" Witt stated.
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. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).