Titusville Fire Chief Mike Woodward Notified of SAFER Grant Award, TFD Will Hire 9 Firefighters

By  //  July 30, 2017

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SAFER Grant in the amount of $948,199

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Titusville Fire Chief Mike Woodward received notification last week from the FEMA Department of Homeland Security SAFER Grant Office that the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department has been awarded the SAFER Grant in the amount of $948,199 for the purpose of hiring nine new firefighters. Above, Firefighter/EMT Jelani Mendiola awaits the pinning of his badge by his mother as Chief Woodward looks on. (Titusville Fire image)

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Titusville Fire Chief Mike Woodward received notification last week from the FEMA Department of Homeland Security SAFER Grant Office that the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department has been awarded the SAFER Grant in the amount of $948,199 for the purpose of hiring nine new firefighters.

The SAFER Grant grant is a matching grant in which the federal government will provide 75 percent funding for personnel costs for years 1 and 2, and 35 percent in year 3.

The city will be required to fund the 25 percent match portion in years 1 and 2, and the 65 percent match in year 3.

After the 3 years, the city will be responsible for 100 percent funding.

The purpose for this grant is to allow funding to increase staffing levels for fire departments to be more in accordance with NFPA 1710 National Standards for Staffing and Response.

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The City of Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department has been operating at the same staffing levels for 34 years, yet the calls for service have increased over 400 percent, coupled with increasing geographical size from 17 square miles to almost 31.

“With these additional firefighters, our department will be more compliant with national standards and will be able to provide a safer working environment for the firefighters and also a more efficient service to our community,” according to a  Titusville Fire and Emergency Services social media post.

The City will be posting to conduct a hiring process next week. Anyone that meets the job requirements outlined in the job posting and is interested in working for one of the best fire departments on the Space Coast is encouraged to apply.

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