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DHS gives Frederick County nearly $5.5M to hire firefighters

FREDERICK — Frederick County is set to receive a nearly $5.5 million federal grant to hire more firefighters.

The Frederick News-Post reports the grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow the county to hire 38 firefighters. It will cover 75 percent of the new hires’ salaries and benefits for two years.

Acting County Fire Chief Tom Coe says the grant will help get “people onto the streets sooner.”

Recruits are expected to begin training in March.

The newspaper reports this isn’t the first time the county receives this type of grant. In 2016, the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services hired 41 firefighters through a nearly $6.4 million grant.

Coe said 37 vacancies must be filled before any individuals hired through the federal grant can begin training.