CHULA VISTA FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES SAFER FEDERAL GRANT
The Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD) has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security grant that will be dedicated to hiring 12 new firefighters. Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant funding and City funds will provide $3.7 million for staffing for the next three years. Of that amount, $2.3 is Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) grant monies and $1.4 million is the City’s contribution.
SAFER grants are funded by FEMA to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards. CVFD plans to use the funding to staff an additional firefighter on four of its fire engines, increasing staffing from three personnel to four. Recently, Engine 51, the busiest rig in the City, located at Fire Station 1, was allocated funding to staff the engine with four personnel. The SAFER grant will pay for 12 firefighters on four additional engines.
“Staffing our fire engines with a four-person crew has been proven to accomplish the 22 essential firefighting functions 25 percent faster than an engine company staffed with three,” said Fire Chief Jim Geering. “The fourth firefighter allows the Chula Vista Fire Department to quickly begin firefighting and medical emergency operations when they arrive on scene.”
In 2016, CVFD responded to 19,892 calls for service of which 6,625 were from Fire Station 1.