Watauga Fire Department is Awarded $892,000 SAFER Grant to Hire 6 Firefighters
Watauga, Texas – The Watauga Fire Department was honored as a recipient of a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awarded for Fiscal Year 2018 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The SAFER Grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).
The City of Watauga is working diligently to staff a second ambulance to continue to provide the best response and protection to their residents, businesses and schools. “With the growth in the City of Watauga, both in commercial and residential, we have to be proactive to keep our high standard of excellence in public safety,” says Fire Chief Shawn Fannan. “Furthermore, it allows the City to maintain its ISO 1 (Insurance Service Office) rating, which helps our citizens save on insurance premiums.” “To comply with NFPA 1710 and ISO standards and recommendations, staffing the second ambulance at the station would require 6 new firefighters,” explains Fire Chief Shawn Fannan. “With the support from City Manager Andrea Gardner and the City Council, the SAFER Grant has helped us secure funding for this extremely important project.”
On September 16, 2019, the City Council approved the Watauga Fire Department to hire the 6 new firefighters. The money from the grant will be received over a 3-year period, which will be used for the hiring of all 6 new firefighters the City needs to staff the second ambulance. The Watauga Fire Department was selected from thousands of applicants to be one of only 152 SAFER Grant recipients from across the United States and one of just thirteen awarded in Texas. “This is a big win for our community and the result of the Fire Department’s and City Officials’ hard work and determination,” says City Manager Andrea Gardner. “I am proud to see their efforts rewarded with this outstanding accomplishment and look forward to seeing the great work Watauga will do with this Grant.”
Bradley A. Fraley | Chief Information Officer
City of Watauga, Texas
7105 Whitley Road
Watauga, TX 76148