PITTSBURGH, PA – The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire has been awarded a highly competitive grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“I am pleased to announce that the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire has received this federal grant. It will help the bureau better deliver public safety services by certifying all company officers and chief officers to meet National Fire Protection Association standards,” said Fire Chief Darryl Jones.
The $571,500 grant will bring each of the nearly 600 firefighters up to the same level of training, providing a consistent standard of care to all residents and visitors who are served by the Fire Bureau. Most importantly, the training enabled by this grant will better ensure the safety of our firefighters by preventing in-the-line-of-duty injuries.
The total cost of the training project is $635,000. The City will cover 10 percent of the cost for a total of $63,500.
“This grant will enable the Fire Bureau to build upon what we have already done to continue to provide the most highly trained workforce of firefighters in the nation,” said Michael Huss, of the City’s Public Safety Department.