In hopes of improving the abilities and resources of Emergency Medical Services and firefighters, congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced today a $152,036 Assistance for Firefighters grant for the Brighton Fire District. The grant stems from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, a program funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“I am proud to announce this competitive federal award for the Brighton Fire District so that they can continue their important work keeping our community safe,” Slaughter said, in a release. “This SAFER grant will ensure that the Brighton Fire District has the personnel and the tools they need to continue serving the community for years to come.”
Town Supervisor Bill Moehle, in a release, thanked Slaughter for leading the campaign for better resources.
“I want to thank Congresswoman Slaughter for her continued leadership on this issue,” Moehle said. “Ensuring our fire districts are fully prepared with the staff and the resources they need to protect Monroe County residents is absolutely essential, and Congresswoman Slaughter has played a big role in doing just this.”
Brighton Fire Chief Stephen MacAdam echoed Moehle’s sentiment.
“Since 1925, the Brighton Fire Department has relied upon a combination of volunteer and paid firefighters to provide outstanding fire rescue services to our community,” MacAdams said. “Recruiting and retaining volunteer members are critical to keeping our community safe. This Federal Grant will allow us to market our need for more Brighton residents to volunteer with us and to improve the volunteer retention programs we have in place. ”
The Assistance for Firefighters grant is a national program aimed at increasing the capabilities of emergency services. In Fiscal Year 2016, the grant program offered approximately $345 million to fire districts across the country.