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Wed, Oct. 23

Mayer Fire to receive more than $300,400 in grant awards

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the Mayer Fire District with a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

"This grant will add a firefighter each day, from our current six on duty, to seven on duty for the next two years with no cost to our taxpayers," said Fire Chief Glenn Brown. "This will dramatically improve our ability to provide emergency services to our citizens."

Mayer Fire is only the fourth fire department in Arizona to receive money from the 2009 version of this grant, Brown said.

FEMA funds the grant's total cost of $215,250 with no required matching from the Mayer Fire District.

"This represents the largest grant that Mayer Fire has ever received and brings us to over $1 million in grant revenues since 2004," said Brown.

Anyone with questions regarding the SAFER grant may call Mayer Fire Administration at 928-632-9534 during normal business hours.

Mayer Fire also has received notification it has been approved for an additional grant of $86,199.70 from the Governor's Office Public Safety Stabilization Program. This grant will pay for 10 new sets of turnout gear for firefighters, and for an additional part-time firefighter for one year, who will work 24-shifts each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Brown said.

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