Comstock Announces $240,000 FEMA SAFER Grant For The Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) today announced that the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded a $240,793 FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from FEMA.
“The Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has provided great service to the Ashburn community and Loudoun County as a whole since 1944. In FY2017, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department answered a total of 6,957 fire and medical calls helping their fellow neighbors in their time of need. This FEMA grant will help go toward training and recruiting front line firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) so that the community continues to get the great emergency services from the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department that they have come to expect. I congratulate Chief Miguel Quijano and Department President Jimmy Olevson and the rest of the officers and members of the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in attaining this important FEMA grant.”
“This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work done by our Grants Committee,” said Chief Miguel Quijano, “We are so proud of them and delighted with the opportunities this award will bring to all our members.”
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase and/or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters and EMTs 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’s codes and standards.