SPFFA members play integral part in $459,000 SAFER grant

Posted at 2:50 PM on Aug 6, 2017

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The Statesville Professional Fire Fighters Association is proud to have played an integral part in the Statesville Fire Department’s receiving of a $459,000 grant.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER) will help the community by increasing response time, but also will help bring staffing closer to full capacity.

“This is a great example of what can be accomplished when labor and administration work together,” SPFFA President John Perry said. “This grant will provide staffing that will ultimately make fire fighters safer on fire ground.”

The SPFFA has taken many actions to earn this grant including:

• January 2017: SPFFA member Capt. Kyle Bell began working on grant information and data collection.

January 23, 2017: Capt. Bell presented a comprehensive council-approved request to apply for the grant. Once approved, the SPFFA worked closely with the International Association of Fire Fighter’s grant writer to ensure quality and success of the grant. IAFF resources are a benefit afforded to SPFFA members. For federal grants, the narrative is the most important piece and is reviewed by FEMA and other fire service professionals.

Feb. 10, 2017: Capt. Bell and Capt. Joshua Smith authored the narrative, entered the data and submitted FY2016 SAFER grant.

March 2017: Capt. Smith and Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina District Vice President Scott Mullins visited U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr’s offices to lobby for the grant. Sen. Tillis’ office wrote a letter on our behalf. SPFFA members also spoke with Rep. Virginia Foxx in Washington, D.C.

July 21, 2017: Statesville was awarded the FY2016 SAFER grant in the amount of $459,000 to hire three fire fighters. The grant includes a city contribution of $175,950 and a federal contribution of $283,050.

On August 7, members of the SPFFA will request approval of the city council to accept the FY2016 SAFER funds.

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