Saturday, September 5, 2015

Philadelphia Fire Department will receive federal $$$ mostly for new hires

The Philadelphia Fire Department is set to get some big bucks from the feds.

Philadelphia Fire Department will receive federal $$$ mostly for new hires

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An EMT checks out a firefighter at the scene of the early morning fire on East Clay Street in Lancaster. Two children were among the dead.
An EMT checks out a firefighter at the scene of the early morning fire on East Clay Street in Lancaster. Two children were among the dead. KIRK NEIDERMYER / Lancaster Newspapers

The Philadelphia Fire Department is set to get some big bucks from the feds. 

Congressman Chaka Fattah announced yesterday that the Fire Department is the recipient of $18.4 million in federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security.

A majority of the grant --$16.3 million will go toward hiring more firefighters to allow for around the clock coverage.

Meanwhile. $2.1 million as part of the Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program will be used to help fund resources and other tools to aid in emergency response. 

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