TIMES-NEWS: Hendersonville Fire Department gets grant to hire 3 firefighters

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Washington, August 13, 2018 | comments

Hendersonville Fire Department gets grant to hire 3 firefighters
 
By Staff
Posted at 1:00 PM - Updated at 1:11 PM

http://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20180813/hendersonville-fire-department-gets-grant-to-hire-3-firefighters

The Hendersonville Fire Department has been awarded a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant in the amount of $299,291 from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency for the hiring of three firefighters.

The SAFER grant is intended to help local fire departments improve their staffing and deployment capabilities in order for them to respond to emergencies more effectively.

The SAFER grant is awarded for a period of three years. The grant will pay for 75 percent of the salary and benefits for each of the three new firefighters in the first and second year of the grant; the third year of the grant funds 35 percent of salary and benefits.

The new firefighters will increase the total fire department workforce to 10 firefighters per shift.

Congressman Mark Meadows will present the SAFER grant check to the fire department at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at Fire Station 2, located at 632 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville.

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