Funds will allow fire department to hire nine additional “front line” firefighters through SAFER Grant
LAREDO, Tex., 17 de octubre.- On Tuesday, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that the Webb County Volunteer Fire Department received $1,281,601 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the grand opening of the Webb County Gene Simeon Walker Los Botines Fire Station. This award comes through the DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. This program will directly provide the Webb County Fire Department with the funding to hire nine additional front line firefighters and provide them with more benefits and a safer work environment. Congressman Cuellar helped secure $350 million for SAFER Grants and $350 million for Assistance to Firefighter Grants in FY18 appropriations.
“This cooperative effort between FEMA and Webb County will ensure that the fire department will be able to hire nine new firefighters to accommodate the city’s growing population and increase the safety of its citizens,” said Congressman Cuellar. “I would like to thank Judge Tano Tijerina, Chief Ricardo Rangel, the Webb County Commissioners and Webb County Fire & EMS Department for engaging in this critical mission.”