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Council looks to add back firefighters

The Hesperia City Council will look at placing nine firefighters back on the streets during tonight’s meeting.

The council and Hesperia Fire Protection District will look at the requirements for the federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response award, which if confirmed, may increase the fire district by nine positions.

In December, the city received the $2 million federal grant, which will be used to rehire personnel, which were released after the city cut $1.4 million from the fire district’s budget in July 2011.

Funding from the grant will pay 100 percent of the full salary and benefits for the fire safety positions for the period of two years, according to the city.

A city staff report includes hiring options such as captain, engineer and firefighter/paramedic at station 306, or two firefighter/ paramedics at station 304.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The objective of the fire grant is to augment or restore local fire departments staffing and deployment capabilities in order to effectively respond to emergencies.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.


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