The Des Moines Fire Department has been awarded a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the addition of 13 new personnel.

“The City of Des Moines appreciates the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for recognizing a need in our community by granting us this award. These valuable resources will help enhance public safety, creating a higher quality of life for all of our citizens,” said Des Moines City Manager Scott Sanders.

The receipt of this grant is the result of a collaborative effort from the Des Moines City Council, the Des Moines City Manager, the Des Moines Fire Department and Des Moines, IA Local 4.

This grant directly relates to two of the goals of the City of Des Moines’s Strategic Plan. Those goals are to be a financially sound city and a high-performing city organization.

The addition of these thirteen fire fighters will be utilized to increase the reliability of fire department frontline apparatus. This increased reliability directly results in an enhanced quality of life for Des Moines citizens.