Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $178,800 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to Rostraver Central Volunteer Fire Company. The SAFER program is intended to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.
"Our first responders work hard to keep our families and communities safe," said Congressman Critz. "That is why, through the use of these federal grants, it's important to create a more favorable working environment for volunteer firefighters -- to encourage them to continue their service as well as to entice new volunteers to join the company."
These competitive SAFER grants are awarded to fire departments to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. The objective of the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters activity is to create a more favorable working environment for volunteer firefighters. Such an environment would encourage current volunteers to continue with their volunteerism as well as entice new volunteers to join. Ultimately, it is hoped that the recruitment and retention activity will create a net increase in the number of trained, certified, and competent firefighters capable of safely responding to emergencies likely to occur within the fire department's geographic response area.