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Posted on: October 4, 2023

Santa Rosa Fire Department Awarded $7.08M Grant to Fund Additional Staffing

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The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department has been awarded a $7.08 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) SAFER Grant program is specially designed to bolster the capabilities of local fire departments, equipping them with the necessary resources to respond effectively to emergencies. Santa Rosa’s successful grant application is a testament to the City's commitment to providing exemplary emergency services to our community.

The grant allocates $2.36M per year to provide 12 additional firefighter-paramedics to staff two advanced life support squads during peak hours over the course of a three-year period of performance. These two-person squads will be housed at the existing Santa Rosa Fire Department facilities. The squads will respond to emergency medical calls for service and fire-related events to improve response times. Also, it helps ensure the ability to comply with NFPA 1710 - the National Fire Protection Association standard that specifies requirements for effective and efficient organization and deployment of fire suppression operations, emergency medical operations, and special operations to the public by career fire departments to protect the community and the occupational safety and health of fire department employees.

During off-peak hours, the personnel from the squads will then be assigned to four outlying fire stations. These stations are typically staffed with three-person crews assigned to engine companies. To improve compliance with NFPA 1710, providing the fourth person on the engine will allow them to respond and take action quicker for emergencies that would normally require the response of an additional engine company from a farther distance away. In advance of the grant award, the Fire Department has been proactively working on an implementation plan and will continue planning efforts to add these vital additional resources with new staffing by March 2024.

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El Departamento de Bomberos de la Ciudad de Santa Rosa recibió una subvención de $7.08 millones para contratar a personal como una Respuesta Adecuada a Incendios y Emergencias (SAFER ). El programa de Subvenciones SAFER de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA) está especialmente diseñado para reforzar las capacidades de los departamentos de bomberos locales, equipándolos con los recursos necesarios para responder eficazmente a las emergencias. La exitosa solicitud de subvención de Santa Rosa es un testimonio del compromiso de la Ciudad de brindar servicios de emergencia ejemplares a nuestra comunidad.

La subvención asigna $2.36 millones de dólares al año para proporcionar 12 bomberos-paramédicos adicionales para dotar de personal a dos escuadrones de soporte vital avanzado durante las horas pico en el transcurso de un período de desempeño de tres años. Estos equipos de dos personas estarán alojados en las instalaciones existentes del Departamento de Bomberos de Santa Rosa. Los escuadrones responderán a las llamadas de servicio médico de emergencia y a eventos relacionados con incendios para mejorar los tiempos de respuesta. Además, ayuda a garantizar la capacidad de cumplir con NFPA 1710, la norma de la Asociación Nacional de Protección contra Incendios que especifica los requisitos para la organización y el despliegue eficaz y eficiente de operaciones de extinción de incendios, operaciones médicas de emergencia y operaciones especiales para el público por parte de departamentos de bomberos profesionales para proteger la comunidad y la seguridad y salud ocupacional de los empleados del departamento de bomberos.

Durante las horas de menor actividad, el personal de los equipos será asignado a cuatro estaciones de bomberos periféricas. Estas estaciones suelen contar con equipos de tres personas asignadas a compañías de motores. Para mejorar el cumplimiento de NFPA 1710, proporcionar una cuarta persona en el motor les permitirá responder y tomar medidas más rápidamente en caso de emergencias que normalmente requerirían la respuesta de una compañía de motores adicional desde una distancia mayor. Antes de la concesión de la subvención, el Departamento de Bomberos ha estado trabajando de forma proactiva en un plan de implementación y continuará planificando esfuerzos para agregar estos recursos adicionales vitales con personal nuevo para marzo de 2024.

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