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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded the Coppell Fire Department approximately $2.9 million as part of its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program.
This grant will allow the Fire Department to expand its team as well as proceed with its four-year improvement plan — which includes the development of a new fire station that will improve emergency services to Coppell's west side and help the City maintain its ISO Class 1 rating that reduces insurance premiums for Coppell residents. The Coppell Fire Department is looking to hire 16 new firefighters to help supplement the development of the new station.
"We are looking forward to beginning construction on Fire Station four, and the SAFER Grant will go a long way in helping to recruit the necessary firefighters," said Kevin Richardson, City of Coppell Fire Chief. "Our Fire Department is growing, and we are happy to be boosting our services to support our growing community."
The SAFER Grant allows fire departments to increase the number of firefighters available to service a city and improves upon their capabilities, response times, and operational standards to better defend against fire-related hazards and other emergencies.
For more information about the SAFER Grant or the Fire Department's future projects, call 972-304-3512.