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CINCINNATI
Interdepartment Correspondence Sheet

August 26, 2016


For Your Information
To:

Mayor and Members of Council

From:

Harry Black, City Manage

Subject:

Cincinnati Fire Department Receives SAFER Grant

The City Administration has received notification from the Department of Homeland Securitys
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) has
been awarded the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant in
the amount of $6,582,360.00.
This award will provide for the hiring of 40 additional firefighters and pay their salary and benefits for
the first two years of employment. There are no matching funds with the grant; however,
approximately $407,145 was included in CFDs FY2017 General Fund 050 Operating Budget to
provide non-personnel costs such as uniforms, testing, books and other training equipment.
For reference, please see the attached Ordinance No. 110-2016 to CFD applying for the FY2015
SAFER Grant, which was supported by the Mayor and City Council.
The additional staffing ensures that all of our 26 fire stations will remain fully staffed and continue to
provide first class emergency response services to the citizens of Cincinnati.
The Administration will draft an emergency ordinance request to authorize the acceptance and
appropriation of grant funds. Upon approval, of the ordinance, the Fire Department will immediately
move forward with hiring the 40 new recruits, with an anticipated start of the class in early 2017.
I want to thank the Mayor and Council for your support and the fine work of City staff involved in
achieving this grant. This continues our efforts to improve the Citys financial outlook and provides
critical safety resources benefiting the public safety of the entire City.
Attachment
cc: Richard Braun, Chief of the Cincinnati Fire Department

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AUTHORIZING the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of $6,582,360 from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency FY20 15 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency
Response Grant program to fund the salary and benefits of 40 recruits for the Cincinnati Fire
Department for two years.
WHEREAS there is a grant available in the approximate amount of $6,582,360 from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency FY2O15 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency
Response Grant program (CFDA Number 97.083), which will be used to fund the salary and
benefits of 40 recruits in the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) for two years; and
WHEREAS, whilc the grant will result in additional FTEs, the number of sworn
members of the CFD will not exceed the authorized strength level as a result of this recruit class,
and the purpose of initiating this additional recruit class is to minimize the impact of employee
attrition on the CFD in order to reduce overtime expenses and to provide for increased staffing to
keep pace with increased demand for FIRE/EMS services; and
WHEREAS, there are no matching funds associated with this grant, but the grant will
fund only the salary and benefits of the recruits and will not fund non-personnel costs associated
with the recruit class, which costs will be approximately $407,145; and
WHEREAS, additional funding of $407,145 will be requested in CFDs FY 2017 General
Fund 050 Operating Budget to fund these non-personnel costs should the grant be awarded,
which will be used to pay for uniforms, turnout gear, psychological testing, books and other
items needed to train and outfit the class; and
WHEREAS, due to application deadlines, CFD has already applied for the grant, but will
not accept funding without City Council approval; and
WI-IEREAS, this ordinance is in accordance with the Live goal to create a more
livable community as described on page 156 of Plan Cincinnati; now, therefore,
BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Cincinnati, State of Ohio:
Section 1. That the City Manager is authorized to apply for a grant in the approximate
amount of $6,582,360 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency FY2015 Staffing for
Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant program to fund the salary and benefits of 40
recruits in the Cincinnati Fire Department for two years.

Section 2. That the Finance Director is authorized to receive and deposit the grant funds
into Fire Grants Fund 472x271x5000x8553,
Section 3. That the proper City officials are authorized to do all things necessary and
proper to carry out the terms of the grant and Sections I and 2, hereof.
Section 4. That this ordinance shall take effi~ct and be in force from and after the earliest
period allowed by law

Passed:

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