Katy, TX News (August 9, 2017) – The Katy Fire Department was honored today as a recipient of a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awarded for Fiscal Year 2016 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The SAFER Grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).
The City of Katy is working diligently to build a second fire station adjacent to Katy Mills Mall near Interstate 10 to continue to provide the best response and protection to their residents, businesses and schools. “With the explosive growth in the City of Katy, both in commercial and residential, we have to be proactive to keep our high standard of excellence in public safety,” says Mayor Chuck Brawner. “Furthermore, it allows the City to maintain a very low ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating, which helps our citizens save on insurance premiums.”
Fire Station #2 is in a prime location for critical emergency response and protection. Its location will allow for faster reaction to the southern part of the City and the Katy Fire Department’s response area. “To comply with NFPA 1710 and ISO standards and recommendations, staffing the fire engine at the new station would require 16 new firefighters,” explains Fire Chief Russell Wilson. “With the support from Congressman McCaul, the SAFER Grant has helped us secure funding for this extremely important project.”
This afternoon Congressman Michael McCaul was present to congratulate the Katy Fire Department on being awarded $2,181,579, to be received over a 3-year period, that will be used for the hiring of all 16 new firefighters the City needs for Fire Station #2. The Katy Fire Department was selected from thousands of applicants to be one of only 163 SAFER Grant recipients from across the United States and one of just eight awarded in Texas. “This is a big win for our community and the result of Fire Chief Wilson’s, City Officials’ and our first responders’ hard work and determination,” says Congressman McCaul. “I am proud to see their efforts rewarded with this outstanding accomplishment and look forward to seeing the great work Katy will do with this Grant.”
For more information on the City of Katy, visit www.cityofkaty.com.