Swalwell Announces $614,000 Federal Grant for Hayward Fire Department

September 5, 2014
Press Release

HAYWARD, CA – U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) today announced the Hayward Fire Department received a $614,453 federal grant to purchase safety equipment. The funding came from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Swalwell, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, wrote to FEMA in support of the grant for the Hayward Fire Department.

“Our firefighters should not be risking their lives to save others with outdated equipment,” said Swalwell. “This funding will go a long way to ensure Hayward’s 113 firefighters are also protected as they continue to serve our community.”

“The Hayward Fire Department is extremely grateful for the AFG grant award. The funds will be used to replace crucial protective equipment, allowing our firefighters to safely protect the residents of Hayward and neighboring communities,” said Hayward Fire Chief Garrett Contreras.  "The AFG grant will help sustain the Hayward Fire Department’s mission to protect and safe lives, in spite of local funding challenges. Given the current economic challenges in Hayward, it has been difficult to secure financing options for even the most essential firefighting gear. We truly appreciate the ongoing support from FEMA, Congressman Swalwell, and our U.S. Senators."

The grant will be used to replace the department’s 13-year-old self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs). Firefighters wear SCBAs to access breathable air in emergency situations.

The AFG program helps firefighters and first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.