$2.5M grant to increase fire, EMS coverage in northeast Aurora

Posted at 12:07 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 14:07:14-04

AURORA, Colo. — A new federal grant will help Aurora Fire Rescue provide better fire and EMS coverage to the city’s growing northeast area.

The city of Aurora received the grant of $2,590,652 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a press release from the city. The grant, which is awarded over the span of three years, will support Aurora Fire Rescue's emergency fire and EMS services. It will fund the salaries of 16 new firefighters needed at an additional company in the growing northeast corner of Aurora.

The truck company will be assigned to the department’s newest facility, Fire Station 16, which is near the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. An engine company already exists at this station, but the two perform in significantly different ways, according to the release. Combining them will help the department provide better service to the growing area.

“This grant funding is an important component of ensuring that we are providing stellar service to the citizens of Aurora and it is an opportunity to invest in the public safety of our entire community," said Aurora Fire Chief Fernando Gray, Sr. "I am excited about the future of Aurora Fire Rescue."