City of Thornton News Release Logo For Immediate Release:   8/15/2017
Contact: Thornton Fire Public Education Officer
Sabrina Iacovetta, 720-872-6092

Thornton Fire awarded SAFER grant
Funding will be used to staff 15 firefighter positions for three years

THORNTON, CO… The Thornton Fire Department will receive a $1,957,068 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant from FEMA. This grant will be used to fund 15 firefighter positions over three years, and will assist in paying for an advanced life support (ALS) staffed fire engine. The engine will be housed at a new public safety facility at 132nd Avenue and Quebec Street, scheduled to open in 2018.

With the additional firefighters hired under the SAFER Grant, the Thornton Fire Department will be able to provide high-level of coverage to the northeast corner of Thornton. “This grant will allow our city to move forward with the personnel needed to further serve our City and increase our overall emergency response capabilities,” says Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams. “The new firefighters will contribute to our dedication to decreased response times and improved service levels.”

The Thornton Fire Department is the second Colorado fire department to be awarded a SAFER Grant under the 2016 FEMA award.  “This is a highly competitive grant process and we are very fortunate to have the resources to successfully apply and implement this award,” said Thornton Fire Chief Gordie Olson.

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