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Fire Department Wins $582,000 Grant

NEWTON, NC (Aug. 2, 2017)—The Newton Fire Department was recently awarded a $582,417 grant through a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant assists local fire departments by providing funding to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities, enabling them to respond to emergencies whenever they may occur. Local departments apply for the grants from the program which is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Newton Fire Chief Kevin Yoder explained that the grant will allow the department to hire six new full-time career firefighters.

“This grant will enable us to add two positions to each of our three shifts,” Yoder said. “From a readiness and manpower standpoint, this is crucial for a growing community.”

This is the latest in a series of FEMA grants that Newton has received. The department received two Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) equipment grants as well as a Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant in recent years.

“It is a real pleasure to once again recognize the Newton Fire Department for their outstanding work,” said Congressman Patrick McHenry. “The SAFER Grant is the hardest of the Fire Act grants to get, but its impact on a community can be tremendous.  I look forward to once again visiting with Chief Yoder and his department to congratulate them for this tremendous achievement.”

“This grant will strengthen our fire department and allow us to better serve our community,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “I would like to congratulate our firefighters on winning this grant and give special thanks to Congressman McHenry for his assistance in securing these funds.”

“Congressman McHenry has been no stranger to the Newton Fire Department or to our community,” Yoder said. “We appreciate his support of the SAFER program and the fire service.”

The Newton Fire Department is the first Tenth Congressional District department to receive SAFER funding in the Fiscal Year 2016 grant cycle. Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.