U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statements after it was announced that the Midwest City Fire Department will receive a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). SAFER grants are distributed to local fire departments across the country to ensure they are staffed at all times and meet industry-minimum standards. This grant funding will enable the Midwest City Fire Department to add three firefighters to its force.
“I am incredibly pleased the Midwest City Fire Department has been awarded one of FEMA’s 2018 SAFER Grants,” Inhofe said. “With this additional funding, the fire department will be able to hire new firefighters, not only helping the Midwest City community, but the surrounding community of Del City and Tinker Air Force base as well. Congratulations to the hard-working men and women of the Midwest City Fire Department, your service and sacrifice does not go unnoticed.”
“I am grateful for the hard work of the Midwest City Fire Department’s team to serve our community,” said Lankford. “Midwest City has worked for years to utilize available resources for first responders to help ensure they are as prepared as possible to serve the needs of Midwest City and to provide support for Tinker Air Force Base if needed. The SAFER and Assistance to Firefighters grant (AFG) programs are incredibly competitive since so many departments are in need of support around the nation. These grant programs help ensure our local first responders can serve as the first line of defense in a national emergency or terrorist act. I’m proud that Midwest City is working to stand ready to serve.”
“I am pleased to learn that the Midwest City Fire Department is a recipient of grant funding to expand its selfless force of Oklahoma firefighters by three,” said Cole. “With the additional labor force, the hard-working individuals at the department will no longer need to work exceedingly long hours to ensure they are fully staffed around the clock. I am encouraged that the fire department will be able to use this important funding to improve response capacity and keep our communities even safer in cases of emergency.”