Kaptur Announces Nearly $3 Million in Federal Funding to Hire Firefighters at Toledo Fire and Rescue Department

September 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement announcing that the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department has been awarded $2,943,840.00 in federal funding for the hiring of firefighters. The funding was awarded through a competitive grant application through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.


“It is my honor to announce that Toledo’s Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded nearly three million dollars to invest in the hiring of new firefighters to the department,” said Rep. Kaptur, a founding Member of the House Fire Caucus. “Whether it is a fire, health emergencies, a flood or a car accident, we depend on first responders at Toledo Fire and Rescue to keep our families and community safe. I am pleased to see this federal funding put to exceptional use in our city.”


The SAFER Program is designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness. The goal of any SAFER grant is to enhance the ability of recipients to attain and maintain 24-hour fire department staffing and to better assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. Additional background on the SAFER Program can be found here.