Four new firefighters will join the force in Lynnwood thanks to a federal grant.
FEMA recently awarded the city $634,000 from its SAFER program. SAFER stands for “Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.” The goal is to improve fire department staffing so they can more effectively respond to calls.
“Currently, the Lynnwood Fire Department is down eight authorized firefighter positions,” Fire Chief Gary Olson told us. “These vacant positions are from staff not replaced when there was a retirement, a promotion and/or three positions that were not funded for hire. In going after this SAFER grant, fire management viewed it as a method to bridge emergency staffing needs for the next two years at very minimal cost to the city.”
The money will pay for four firefighters’ salaries and benefits for two years. After two years the city must decide if it wants to keep the firefighters at its own cost. It can apply to extend the grant.