Schmittendorf Secures $500k for Erie County Chiefs to Conduct R&R

Erie County Fire Chiefs Awarded $500k Recruitment Grant
– Offer Opportunities for You to Get Involved

The Erie County Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Organization, in collaboration
with the Erie County Division of Fire Safety, are pleased to announce
that they have been awarded a $498,800 SAFER-Staffing for Adequate
Emergency Response grant by the US Department of Homeland Security
specifically to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer
firefighters in Erie County.

The performance period for the grant is from April 30, 2009 to April 29,
2011 and includes funding for web development, mass marketing and public
events, and scholarship opportunities for new and existing volunteer

The Erie County Fire Chiefs are looking for young (and young at heart),
creative, tech-savvy, energetic and dedicated firefighters to get
involved in this ground floor opportunity to help chart the future of
the volunteer fire service in Erie County.

If you or someone you know are interested in learning more and getting
involved in this exciting opportunity, you are invited to attend a
“pitch-session” meeting scheduled for Thursday-June 4, 2009 at 6pm in
the Erie County Emergency Services Training and Operations Center in

Although walk-ins are welcome, we ask that you RSVP via phone or e-mail
to the Fire Safety Office.  We look forward to seeing you there.