RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Reno Fire Department was approved for $1,852,471.60 in Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER) funding. The grant was provided for the City of Reno to hire eight new firefighters. The City of Reno’s match is just over $1 million, which results in a total amount of about $3 million in new funding for the three-year grant.
SAFER was created by FEMA to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations. The goal is to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, front line firefighters available in their communities.
The eight new firefighters are expected to begin serving with RFD as part of the recruit academy scheduled to begin on October 14, 2019.
This will increase the number of front line personnel to 221, from the current level of 213. Currently, there are 213 front line staff comprised of captains, operators and firefighters that staff 14 fire stations daily.