City of Edinburg Receives $1.2 Million Grant to Hire 12 New Firefighters
EDINBURG, TEXAS (Sept. 7, 2018) – The City of Edinburg has been awarded a $1,288,821 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s SAFER program. SAFER stands for Staffing Adequate Firefighter Emergency Response.
The grant allows the Edinburg Fire Department to hire 12 new firefighters.
“I’m very proud of Chief Snider and our whole team who helped secure this grant,” Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina said. “When we ran for office, we promised we were going to look for additional funding for the City through grants. We were just in Washington meeting with Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s office, Senator Ted Cruz’s office and Senator John Cornyn’s office, lobbying for this grant. This is the second time in less than 24 months we’ve secured million dollar grants for public safety. Last year, we were able to hire eight additional police officers through grant funding. Now, we’ll hire 12 more firefighters. This is a big, big win for the City.”
The City of Edinburg has 180 days to implement the grant, but Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider says hiring will begin immediately.
“The grant will enable the Fire Department to completely staff a fire station on the east side of the City,” Snider said. “I am very excited for the fire department, the City, and the citizens as we continue to hire top notch firefighters to provide all-hazard emergency response and mitigation to our City. The leveraging of federal grant money with City tax money in a partnership to enhance our ability to provide protection to our citizens is the greatest use of resources. This grant will provide 12 firefighters to Station No. 3 with 24 hour/seven days a week/365 days a year protection.”