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Pinole Firefighters Spared Ax By New $1.2M Grant

The funding should help cover some of the department's most critical needs, including maintaining 24-hour staffing, increasing its roster of frontline firefighters and hiring and rehiring firefighters who were laid off by budget cuts.

Bay City News

The Pinole Fire Department just got a big financial boost from the federal government, officials announced this week.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded the department a $1.24 million "Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response" grant.

The funding should help cover some of the department's most critical needs, including maintaining 24-hour staffing, increasing its roster of frontline firefighters and hiring and rehiring firefighters who were laid off because of budget cuts, according to a statement from the office of Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez.

"This grant is a vital boost to our local fire department which plays such an important safety role in our community," Miller said in a statement.

"First responders all over California have been hit especially hard by the recent economic turndown and I'm glad to see the federal government stepping in with critical financial resources to help carry out the vital mission of our local firefighters."

The SAFER grant is also meant to support the recruitment and retention of volunteers to increase the number of trained, certified, competent firefighters in the event of an emergency.

The SAFER program provides about $320 million in grants to fire departments statewide, according to Miller's office.

Fran Anderson December 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Congratulations to our much-ignored first responders
SalthePlumber December 22, 2012 at 11:58 PM
George Miller to the rescue! But how long does this grant money last? A short term solution to a long term problem...
CW December 23, 2012 at 02:18 AM
A Grant is just that.. one time... not a plan for ongoing financial stability
JJH December 23, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I hope the money is used to re-open the valley station. The "response" time to the valley residents falls outside the federal standards for "adequate"! Time to protect all the citizens of Pinole. The money had better be used to ensure that this happens.

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