July 31, 2015

Mayor Rothschild congratulates Tucson Fire Department on receiving an $8.6 million SAFER grant

TUCSON, AZ—July 31, 2015

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild was advised that the Tucson Fire Department had been awarded an $8.6 million SAFER grant during a meeting with FEMA grants officials as part of his trip to Washington, DC this week.

This highly-competitive grant will allow TFD to hire 54 firefighters and will help maintain the department’s rapid response times.

“I want to congratulate Chief Jim Critchley and his department, particularly Deputy Chief Chris Anderson, who was tasked with submitting this grant application to FEMA,” said Mayor Rothschild, “and I’d like to thank Congressman Grijalva, Congresswoman Kirkpatrick and Congresswoman McSally for their support as well. In addition to being much-needed support from our federal partners, this grant is well-deserved. The Tucson Fire Department continues to set a standard of excellence in firefighting and emergency response.”

TFD responds to fire and emergency calls throughout the city. In addition, it is the agency tasked with protecting critical infrastructure, including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the Arizona Air National Guard Base, AMARG, Tucson International Airport, the University of Arizona, University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, Union Pacific rail yard and Raytheon Missile Systems, as well as a major petroleum storage and distribution yard, major water distribution sites, eight hospitals and several major shopping malls.