Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced that the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department has been awarded a SAFER grant in the amount of $6,297,400 from the Department of Homeland Security. The SAFER program allows fire departments to increase the number of frontline firefighters to ensure communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. In this case, the funds will assist the City of Las Vegas in re-hiring 20 positions that were previously eliminated or left unfilled.
“As we enter fire season, we need to ensure our community is protected. And the 40 million visitors who travel to Las Vegas each year need to know they are arriving to a world-class, and safe, city. That’s why, I wrote to the Department of Homeland Security about the urgent need for increased funding for the Las Vegas Fire Department. When Las Vegas’ newest fire station opens this summer, it will be fully staffed and equipped thanks to this important grant. I remain steadfast in my commitment to ensuring Nevada has the tools, and personnel necessary to prepare our first responders for their missions that save countless lives every year.”
In Fiscal Year 2013, the SAFER program has awarded approximately $320 million in competitive grants nationwide to fire departments and statewide or local volunteer firefighter support groups.