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  • Fire Department boosted by Federal Grant

    September 23, 2019
    Fire Department boosted by Federal Grant

    The Santa Maria Fire Department is pleased to be awarded a nearly $1.6 million Federal grant to support hiring nine new firefighting positions over the next three years, enabling improved public safety.

    The Staffing for Adequate Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from FEMA will support the positions over the next three years at a funding ratio of 75 percent for the first year, 75 percent the second year, and 35 percent in the third year.  The City’s voter-approved Measure U local sales tax will cover the remaining expenses, and 100 percent starting in the fourth year and thereafter.

    The grant will enable the Santa Maria Fire Department to add an additional response unit to the downtown area at Fire Station No. 1.  The new unit will be paired with a staffed ladder truck that is already in place.  Securing an additional response unit in the downtown will enable Santa Marians to receive better emergency response times.  It will also increase firefighter safety by more quickly deploying an adequate number of firefighters on-scene at structure fires.  Measure U is paying for two replacement fire engines.

    The Fire Department is currently in the hiring process with the new personnel beginning their academy in the first quarter.  The new response unit will be fully staffed and operational in the second quarter.

    The grant was secured by collaborative efforts between the City, Fire Department administration and the department’s rank-and-file.  Management Analyst Tracy Aris, Captain Jim Clayton and Engineer Matt Chircop were instrumental in the process.  

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