07/12/10 169 W - + 6 - 5 Knightdale Gets Grant For Firefighters

Friday's announcements of the newest SAFER grants includes $287,158 awarded to the Knightdale Public Safety Fire Division for hiring. The grant is for three additional full-time personnel, one per shift. The addition will take their minimum staffing level to three firefighters. They'll be in place by October 2. Details of the SAFER grant have also changed. Previously, the federal government paid a diminishing percentage of the personnel costs for five years. Now, they pay 100% of the cost for two years, and the grant recipient is obligated to pay for an additional year.

They also recently received a $102,000 grant for equipment and supplies, which is being used primarily to improve communications. The monies will be utilized for portable radios, a mobile repeater, SCBA voice boxes, and mobile data terminals for their engines. They also received a full set of IFSTA manuals and DVDs under the training portion of the AFG.

Last year, grant helped Knightdale Public Safety purchase their ladder truck, a 1997 Pierce Quantum delivered in November.

Congrats Knightdale. When will the positions be posted.
SEfd34 - 07/15/10 - 19:12

Congrats KPS!!! Way to go and great job on the grant!!
A.C. Rich - 07/16/10 - 11:58

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