McAllen FD awarded $404,550 grant

The new McAllen Fire Station No. 2 is seen on Thursday May, 2, 2019 in McAllen. (Delcia Lopez/ dlopez@themonitor.com)

The McAllen Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant to increase the number of firefighters.

In a news release, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Wednesday that the MFD was awarded $404,550.60.

“Firefighters are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe, and they deserve every resource possible at their disposal,” Sen. Cornyn said in the news release. “I applaud area leaders for their work to obtain this grant, and I’m grateful to the Trump Administration for supporting the McAllen Fire Department.”

The funding was made possible through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. SAFER provides direct funding to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations in order to help increase the number of trained firefighters.

The news release goes on to explain the goal of the SAFER grant program is for fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities, and ultimately attain 24-hour staffing, in order to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

SAFER is part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and is under the Office of Grants and Training of the Department of Homeland Security.