HYATTSVILLE - Hyattsville's volunteer firefighter program will receive a $699,000 grant, Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-5) announced last Thursday.
Through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency (SAFER) Program, the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department will be granted more than half a million dollars to support recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters at departments throughout Prince George's County.
“I’m pleased to announce this grant that will benefit the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department and other volunteer fire departments in Prince George’s County,” Hoyer said. “The men and women who make up the volunteer fire departments put their lives on the line each day to serve their communities. Ensuring our firefighters have the support and funding they need to do their jobs remains a top priority for me.”
Funding from grants like the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and annual grants from the city of Hyattsville and Town of University Park make the volunteering program possible. The service stretches from Takoma Park in Montgomery County to neighborhoods in Lanham, Bladensburg, Riverdale, College Park, Chillum and Mount Rainer.
The program's membership has approximately 70 active fire, emergency medical services (EMS) and support volunteers.