Roanoke County Fire & Rescue awarded nearly $3 million grant to hire new staff

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(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Department of Fire and Rescue)

(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Department of Fire and Rescue)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke County Fire & Rescue was recently awarded a $2.9 million grant to hire new staff.

Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Response (SAFER) program are important for departments to fill dangerous jobs.

“Our firefighters put themselves in harm’s way every day. It’s critical that the federal government provides them with the tools necessary to carry out their duties safely and effectively,” the senators said. “These grants will strengthen Virginia fire departments’ abilities to protect communities across the Commonwealth from fire and other hazards.”

“This is great news for the County of Roanoke. These Federal funds will allow us to enhance fire and rescue services across the County,” said David F. Radford, chairman of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.

“The department will utilize the 15 positions to ensure adequate emergency response capabilities, and improve coverage during multiple calls and significant fires,” Chief Stephen G. Simon said in a statement.

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