Guam – In a letter sent today to Guam Fire Chief David Peredo, Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz emphasized that the deadline to apply for a grant to hire or retain firefighters is Friday, September 17, 2010, 5 p.m. E.S.T.
In August, Cruz wrote Peredo asking whether the Guam Fire Department had applied for the grant, to which Peredo did not reply.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities.
The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the NFPA and OSHA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720 and OSHA 1910.134).