AFD Nets FEMA Grant

$1.8 million to support staff costs

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently informed the city that it is awarding a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant to the city. This funding will help the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) retain basic staffing levels and ensure adequate fire and emergency response availability to the community while not impacting the city’s General Fund, AFD stated in a press release. 

The grant totals approximately $1.8 million paid over a three-year period and requires a funding match of 25 percent for the first two years and a 65 percent match in the third year. The grant will come before the City Council at its Oct. 16 meeting. The money will allow the department to fund six existing positions that are currently vacant. Once the City Council approves the grant, the department will recruit candidates to fill these vacancies and will begin training them in January 2019. 

“I would like to extend AFD’s sincerest appreciation and acknowledgment to our internal grant writing team Captain James Colburn and Fire Services Manager Darci Vogel,” said AFD Chief Edmond Rodriguez.