During the City of Cortland’s Common Council meeting last night, two items on the agenda were discussed by the mayor and council regarding the City of Cortland Fire Department and specific FEMA Assistance Grants.
The two grants, one for the hiring of two career firefighters and the other for fire prevention and safety of the purchase of a new fire extinguisher training prop.
The SAFER Hiring Grant from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, if awarded to the City of Cortland will allow the hiring of two career firefighters with federal funding of their salary and fringe benefits for three years. The grant would total $641,005.28 if awarded.
The second grant the city will apply for is the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. This grant, if awarded, will assist the Cortland Fire Department in the purchase of a new fire extinguisher training prop. The current one the city has is 15 years old and no longer works properly.
The grant does require a 5% local match, which would be $1,033 dollars. The federal share of the grant, if awarded, would total $20,649 dollars.