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Capps Announces $1.6 Million in Federal Funding To Hire and Train Firefighters For New Santa Maria Fire Station
WASHINGTON – Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) announced that the City of Santa Maria has received a $1.6 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to hire and train firefighters for the new fire station located in northwest Santa Maria and keep them on the job for the next two years. In 2009, the City of Santa Maria received $4.3 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the relocation of Station 3 and the construction of new Station 5.
This is great news for the City of Santa Maria. This federal funding is a win-win. It will create jobs and help protect the public safety by ensuring that Station 5 is adequately staffed. As our local governments continue to struggle mightily to balance their budgets, this federal support could not have come at a better time,” said Capps.
The City of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Fire Department are excited to hear that we are the recipients of a 2011 SAFER award from the Federal Government. The $1.6 million will be used to staff newly constructed fire station number 5 in the northwest portion of the City for the next two years. These new station was desperately needed to divide our busiest response district to better serve the citizens of the City. The City is very grateful for all of the assistance and leadership Congresswoman Lois Capps has provided over the years in securing funding for the community,” said Santa Maria Fire Chief Dan Orr.
To learn more about the SAFER grant program, click here.