Congressman Cohen Announces $10.7 Million FEMA Grant to Hire Memphis Firefighters

September 8, 2021
Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the Memphis Fire Department will be receiving a $10,795,984 grant from the Department of Homeland Security through the Fiscal Year 2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire additional firefighters. The funding, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is part of $355 million going to an estimated 300 fire departments around the country to increase the number of firefighters to meet industry minimum standards and attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate fire protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“This SAFER grant funding will result in the creation of good-paying jobs in Memphis and will make our city safer. This is an important and timely investment.”