Waco: Fire Department gets $840K grant to hire additional firefighters

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A federal grant program that provides direct funding to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help increase the number of trained firefighters has awarded $842,523 to the Waco Fire Department, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Wednesday.

The funding from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) will also help the Waco Fire Department provide more resources to its existing workforce.

"Firefighters deserve every resource possible at their disposal," said Sen. Cornyn. "I applaud area leaders for their work to obtain this grant, and I'm grateful to the Trump Administration for supporting the Waco Fire Department."

Cornyn said the goal of the SAFER grant program is to help fire departments increase front-line firefighters, improve deployment capabilities and attain 24-hour staffing.

The grant funding will not only help with the hiring of firefighters, but also the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters, Cornyn said.