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September 21, 2017

Community Update by Fire Chief
Paul S. Wilson

The City of Cathedral City was Awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant

The City of Cathedral City is pleased to announce the award of a FEMA grant to hire six additional firefighter / paramedics.

The three-year grant provides$1,393,193. for salaries and benefits to maintain adequate firefighter staffing for the community.

The new firefighter / paramedics will be assigned to the fire engines at Fire Station 411 at 36913 Date Palm Dr. (East Palm Canyon and Date Palm) and Fire Station 413 at 27610 Landau Blvd (Vista Chino and Landau)

The City was one of only three-hundred and sixty-six fire departments nationwide and one of only twenty-two fire departments in California to be awarded a SAFER grant in federal fiscal year 2016/17.

The City would like to recognize the elected officials and their staff members who sent letters of support to FEMA on behalf of the City SAFER grant application;

• United States Senator Dianne Feinstein

• United States Senator Kamala D. Harris

• Member of Congress Raul Ruiz

• California State Senator, 28th District Jeff Stone

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association.

The SAFER program requires the City to provide a portion of the total costs over the three-year period, roughly $850,000, in addition to the nearly $1.4 million federal grant.  The City’s portion will come mainly from new revenue generated by the medical cannabis industry located in Cathedral City.   

If you have any questions, regarding the Award of the SAFER Grant, please contact your Cathedral City Fire Department at www.fireinfo@cathedralcity.gov or (760) 770-8200.

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