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You’ve Got To Admit, It’s Getting SAFER

According to County Administrator Anthony Romanello, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the county’s reduced request for grant money. Stafford officials had originally asked for enough money to add 14 new firefighters–enough to staff an engine 24/7. Some supervisors thought that was too much, considering the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant funds the positions for two years but requires the locality to pick up the tab for a third year. That would have amounted to about $1 million for Stafford to pony up in 2013.

So if supervisors agree to accept the revised grant, the county would get seven firefighters on the federal dime for two years, then pay $500,000 to keep them a third. What happens to the firefighters after that is up to the board.


  • Irene

    I would rather have seen the full 14 – SCF&R could have covered a lot more ground with full shifts. But I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Now, let’s get some coverage in Brooke before we lose another house!!!

  • Politics over Safety

    The Brooke Supervisor noted that houses were burning to the ground but still voted against the full grant. Rock Hill Supervisor who voted against the full grant is satisfied with an old vacant house for a station.

    Shortsighted politics over public safety. The CFO said there would be funds for the 14 after the grant expired.