Jacksonville Gets Grant To Hire New Firefighters

Jan 28, 2014

The city of Jacksonville has been awarded a nearly $6 million federal grant to hire 67 positions in the Fire and Rescue Department over the next two years.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

Mayor Alvin Brown announces a federal grant to fill 67 vacant positions in the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
Credit James Croft / City of Jacksonville

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant provides for the hired firefighters salary and some benefits for two years.

Mayor Alvin Brown said the grant will help fill some needed positions in the JFRD.

"We have 91 vacancies and this will help us have more people on the front line not only to just put out fires like they did the other day with Olive Garden restaurant but also the 911 emergency calls," he said. "That senior who may call."

The grant is subject to approval by the city council and the appropriation must occur within 30 days.

The vacancies have occurred through attrition the past two years.

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