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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Fire Department receives federal grant to assist in staffing

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FBTX ~ The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the Farmers Branch Fire Department a Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant.

   The City will receive $1,008,534 to hire six new firefighters who will allow for four-person staffing on Quint 133 that serves the City’s rapidly growing Westside.

   The Grant pays 75 percent of the salary and benefit costs for the first two years of employment, then 35 percent of cost in year three. The City will absorb the full cost of the six new Firefighters in year four. The effective date of the Grant is March 2020, however, recruitment is scheduled to begin in late December 2019.

   "The size and complexity of the new apartment complexes, multiple new hotels and up to 1,000 large zero-lot line homes on the Westside have changed the fire and rescue challenges that our crews must now manage," explained Farmers Branch Fire Chief Steve Parker. "High-density living brings with a different type of life safety hazard that requires a more robust firefighting force to ensure the safety of our residents and of our firefighters.”

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