Mark Udall issued the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security awarded the Colorado Springs Fire Department with more than $2 million in competitive grant funds to hire more firefighters:
"Throughout this year, we have seen how firefighters have been instrumental to battling blazes throughout the state," Udall said. "These competative grants funds will help the Colorado Springs Fire Department keep firefighters on the job and protect the people of Colorado Springs."
The competitive grant was issued under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program. The grant funds allow fire departments to hire or retain firefighters and enhance their abilities to protect the public from fires and related hazards.
Earlier this year, Udall encouraged fire departments throughout Colorado to apply for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants.