City Awarded $967,281 To Fund Seven Firefighter/EMT Positions
The City of Boynton Beach’s Fire Rescue Department has been awarded a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, in the amount of $967,281, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant will restore seven Firefighter/EMT positions that were vacated due to budgetary limitations and an early retirement buy-out program, bringing the Department back to the operational staffing levels of October 2009. Additionally, the grant will allow the Department to comply with response and operational standards established by NFPA 1710 and OSHA 1910.134.
In 2012, The Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department responded to 11,933 calls for service (9,079 EMS calls; 162 Fire calls; and 2,692 Other calls), performed 8,126 inspections and 31 fire investigations and provided 5,138 medical transports. As part of the community education project, the department instructed 16 CPR classes and performed 335 car seat installations and adjustments during 2012.
The SAFER grant is for a two-year period and will fully fund the salary and benefits for the seven funded positions.