BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor John Hoeven today announced that the Fargo Fire Department was recently awarded a $1,300,560 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.
"We are pretty excited to receive this grant," said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Balstad. "We will be hiring additional firefighters to ensure the department has enough staff to adequately respond to fire emergencies."
These grants bring the total awarded to local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations in North Dakota to over $24 million since 2001. In fiscal year 2008, North Dakota has so far received over $3.7 million. Nationally the AFG program will ultimately award around $500 million in FY 2008.
AFG awards aim to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire and other hazards. The grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to purchase or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs, and buy equipment and response vehicles. AFG also supports regional projects in which multiple organizations serving more than one local jurisdiction benefit directly from activities implemented with grant funds.
The full list of FY 2008 AFG recipients and other information is posted on the AFG website.