Poulsbo Fire awarded FEMA grant to hire firefighters

Poulsbo Fire Department will soon hire three firefighters, thanks to a FEMA Staffing for Fire Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

The grant, worth $706,428, will pay for 75 percent of the personnel costs for the first and second year, 35 percent for the third year. After that, the Department must absorb the cost. Chief Griffin said, “After careful consideration by the Poulsbo Fire Board of Commissioners, we are excited to be able to maintain and increase our response reliability. In particular, keeping Station 72 in Surfcrest open 24/7 has been our priority and the hiring of these firefighters will help us reach this goal. We are confident we will be able to support the salaries after the duration of the grant. These additional firefighters are essential to the safety of our community, and this puts us in a better position to serve our citizens.”

Officials state the timing of this couldn’t be better. Chief Griffin said, “We were in the position of preparing to hire new firefighters, and the grant ensures this can be accomplished. We thank the Commissioners for choosing to accept this grant, and thank Battalion Chief Jim Gillard for all his hard work crafting the grant application.”

Chief Griffin said, “Our firefighters work hard to protect our community and provide emergency medical assistance. With the continued growth in our community, actually being able to increase our staffing is a vital part of meeting the needs of our citizens. Adequate staffing is an investment in our own safety, and the safety of our families.”

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