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Akron, Ohio

CITY OF AKRON RECEIVES SAFER GRANT

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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 08-10-2016

Akron, Ohio, August 10, 2016 –   The City of Akron has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency with a $4.4 million SAFER grant. The award is part of the fiscal year 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program – Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) announcements.

“On behalf of our citizens of Akron and our more than 325 professionals within the Fire Division, I am excited and grateful to receive this grant to help us move forward in improving and expanding our team; while also  providing cutting-edge training and development,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan. “Receipt of the SAFER Grant is right in line with our goals as we continue to meet the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Task Force – to improve the hiring, recruitment and retention of firefighters within the City of Akron.”

“The grant will allow us to hire 25 new firefighters and get us back to staffing that is more appropriate for a city of our size. I am thrilled to receive this news.” said Chief Ed Hiltbrand.

Mayor Horrigan and Chief Ed Hiltbrand credit the support letters from Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congressman Tim Ryan and many others for helping the city secure this much needed award. To view a list of awards planned in the State of Ohio, visit; www.fema.gov/firegrants.

For further information, contact:
Christine R. Curry
Director of Communications
166 South High Street, Akron, OH 44308
www.akronohio.gov
Phone: 330/375-2209
E-mail: [email protected]

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