WASHINGTON — Congressman Dave Joyce (R, Ohio-14) reminds officials across Ohio’s 14th District to apply for funding through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program. The application period will remain open until 5 p.m. March 22.

"I’m proud to support funding for our local fire departments and will continue to ensure they have the personnel, equipment and training needed to do their jobs as safely as possible," Joyce said. "We need to do everything we can so that these brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our families and communities safe are protected and adequately equipped while on the job."

The SAFER Grant Program distributes funds to assist fire departments and volunteer interest organizations with increasing or maintaining the number of trained firefighters and emergency services personnel available in their communities. The program seeks to assist local fire departments with deployment capabilities to respond to emergencies, ensuring communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. The grants are available to volunteer, professional or combination fire departments.

For more information on SAFER Grants and the SAFER Grants application process, visit https://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants. Applicants can also receive assistance by contacting the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additionally, interested organizations may contact Joyce’s Twinsburg office at 330-357-4139.