The Cambria Fire Department has been a grant-getting powerhouse in recent years, and now may have another feather in its fund-seeking hat.
According to about-to-retire Fire Chief Mark Miller, the department is in the running for a $396,525 SAFER grant (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) that would pay in full for three full-time firefighters for two years.
If the district’s grant application survives the final round of cuts, the final approval would depend on directors of the Cambria Community Services District sending a letter in support of getting the grant. The district administers the Fire Department.
The grant carries the caveat that the district cannot lay off any current firefighters at the same time the new, SAFER-funded employees start work. Under the terms of the grant, those firefighters would not have guaranteed employment with the district after the grant period.