You know that old saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth? Well, Colorado Springs is guilty as charged.
Rather than simply accepting a generous grant from the federal government to our fire department, the city spent quite a bit of time deciding if they even wanted the money. Which is saying something — given that this is $2 million we're talking about and the city is, according the mayor, pretty darn broke.
But anyway, apparently the feds passed the dental exam. The city is taking the money.
Colorado Springs Fire Department Accepts SAFER Grant
Colorado Springs, CO — The Colorado Springs Fire Department is pleased to announce that we have accepted the 2011 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant was accepted on 8/23/12.
· The SAFER grant will provide $2,000,430 to fund fifteen new firefighters.
· The grant will fund the firefighters for a two-year period.
· The grant was specifically awarded to assist with defraying the costs associated with staffing Station 21.
· CSFD plans to start its next academy in February 2013.
· The new firefighters will be on the line by early summer 2013 when Station 21 is due to open.
——- ORIGINAL POST, JULY 26, 12:45 P.M. ——-
It's got to be hard to swallow for our hordes of Libertarians, but Colorado Springs once again owes the federal government a "thank you."
First, the feds helped rescue us during the Waldo Canyon Fire. Now they're paying us $2 million to hire more firefighters. We're not sure just yet how many new hires that will fund — we'll update you when we hear more — but, whatever the number, we'd assume the Springs can use them.
Udall Congratulates Colorado Springs Fire Department on Receiving $2 Million Competative Grant to Hire Firefighters
Mark Udall issued the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security awarded the Colorado Springs Fire Department with more than $2 million in competitive grant funds to hire more firefighters:
“Throughout this year, we have seen how firefighters have been instrumental to battling blazes throughout the state,” Udall said. “These competative grants funds will help the Colorado Springs Fire Department keep firefighters on the job and protect the people of Colorado Springs.”
The competitive grant was issued under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program. The grant funds allow fire departments to hire or retain firefighters and enhance their abilities to protect the public from fires and related hazards.
Earlier this year, Udall encouraged fire departments throughout Colorado to apply for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants.