Metro Fire Receives Federal Grant to Hire Firefighters, Opens Fire Truck in Antelope Area

Sacramento County, CA – As a result of a $2,735,469 grant awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), nine new firefighter/paramedics will be hired, allowing Metro Fire to open a truck company in the northwestern portion of its District.

The funds, under the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, will be used to hire nine firefighter/paramedics and fund their positions for two years. This award marks the third SAFER Grant Metro Fire has received: a grant in 2010 funded 24 new firefighter positions for two years, and a second grant in 2012 funded an additional 24 firefighter positions for two years.

The funds, under the FY2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, will be used to hire nine firefighter/paramedics and fund their positions for two years. This award marks the third SAFER Grant Metro Fire has received: a grant in 2010 funded 24 new firefighter positions for two years, and a second grant in 2012 funded an additional 24 firefighter positions for two years.

The new truck company will be placed into service at 8:00 a.m. on October 1, 2016, and will be housed with Engine 26 at 8000 Palmerson Drive in Antelope. Truck 26 is Metro Fire’s seventh truck company, providing additional capabilities and resources to the areas of Antelope, Elverta, Rio Linda and the portion of Placer County served by Metro Fire.

The goal of the SAFER Grant Program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies and assure that communities have adequate protection for fire and fire-related hazards.

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