On Friday, South Lane County Fire and Rescue announced that it has been awarded a “Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to hire two paramedic firefighters for two years. Unlike most federal grants, this grant has no matching funds required, so essentially the District will be able to completely fund two positions for two years. The grant has a Federal share of $346,498. Funds are used to fund the entire cost of an employee, including benefits. The award comes on the heels of an election season during which SLCFR passed a local option levy of $.47 per $1000 of assessed property tax values to fund district operations.
Chief Dean Creech said the District applied for the grant, which is distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Association, in August. He said this is by far the largest grant SLCFR has ever received, and the only grant that has ever funded full-time positions. For the complete article see the 12-19-2012 issue.
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