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Jacksonville (FL) to Hire 67 Firefighters with Federal Grant

A $5.9 million federal grant won by the city will help give the department some breathing space, enabling it to hire 67 firefighters, reports jacksonville.com. "The bottom line is that having more firefighters means a safer community," Mayor Alvin Brown said Tuesday in announcing the grant. "This federal grant will allow us to put dozens of trained, frontline firefighters on the job to protect homes and businesses." The city still has ground to make up from where the fire department stood five years ago. Back then, the department had funding for 1,258 uniformed positions. That has dropped to 1,211 this year. Moreover, 91 of those positions stand vacant. Fire Chief Ma...

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