Prince George Fire & EMS
Brad Owens, Director
(804) 722-8614

September 5, 2017

Prince George County receives over $1.4 million dollars from FEMA to support Fire/EMS staffing needs

Prince George, VA -- Two categories under the Federal Emergency Response Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs were recently awarded to Prince George County, VA totaling $1,468,203.  Under the hiring of firefighters category, the County was notified on July 28, 2017, of a $611,099 grant award over the next three years to fund five new positions.  Under the recruitment and retention of volunteers category, the County was notified on September 1, 2017, of an $857,104 grant award over four years to fund programs aimed to enhance the volunteer program operating under the County's coordinated Fire and EMS system.

The goal of the SAFER grant program is to improve the local fire departments' ability to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards.  This marks the second time (2014) Prince George County has received a grant award through SAFER.  Chairman William Robertson stated, "In an effort to enhance public safety responsiveness, Prince George County was able to obtain federal grant funds for staffing coverage in our community.  We know that this will make a positive impact for our citizens."  Brad Owens, Director of Fire and EMS stated, "We are excited about the possibilities of this funding will bring to enhance our overall system.  We need more volunteers and staffing to help provide an adequate number of trained personnel in a timely manner to the citizens when they need us."

Prince George Fire and EMS will get to work right away filling the positions and developing strategies to recruit new volunteers and retain current volunteers in the system.  For more information, please contact Brad Owens at 804-722-8614 or browens@princegeorgecountyva.gov.