Media Release

Fire Rescue Receives $2.19 Million Grant

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3:30 PM
Homeland Security

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department (ACFR) was recently awarded a $2.19 million grant from Federal Department of Homeland Security to assist with staffing needs. This award will allow Alachua County to increase staffing in Station 23 (Waldo), Station 25 (Hawthorne) and Station 27 (Archer) from the current two firefighters to a minimum of four firefighters each day.

The Department of Homeland Security, FY2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant was established to help communities bridge the gap in providing firefighter staffing levels that are safe and efficient. 

Read a Fact Sheet about the SAFER grant (PDF).

The ACFR- 2013 SAFER application was authored by District Chief Drew Dabney. The Fire Rescue Professionals of Alachua County (IAFF Local 3852) provided feedback to strengthen the application.  The application received letters of support from Senator Bill Nelson, and Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

ACFR Deputy Chief, Bill Northcutt said, “The improvements in efficiencies and safety are immeasurable. They cannot be overstated.”

For more information, contact Alachua County Fire Rescue Director, Chief Ed Bailey at 352-384-3130 or


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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