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.

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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