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Redding Fire Department to Add Staffing with $1.4 Million Grant

Published On: Dec 31 2012 01:23:18 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 31 2012 01:27:23 PM CST
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REDDING, Calif. -

The city of Redding will get some help for its fire department.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the award of a $1.4 million dollar staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to the Redding Fire Department.

The grant will provide funding for the hiring of nine firefighter positions for a two-year period, which will assist the Department in meeting minimum national standards for staffing of engine and truck companies with a minimum of three personnel.

Currently the City of Redding operates eight engine companies and one truck company out of its eight fire stations. Currently only two of eight engine companies and a truck company are staffed with three personnel.

The addition of the nine firefighter positions will provide the ability to increase staffing of the
Departments's two-person engines to three personnel at Fire Stations 4, 6 and 8.

The award of the grant will also greatly enhance the Fire Department's ability to meet nationally recognized response time standards of assembling 14-16 personnel on-scene for single-family dwelling fires within 8 minutes 90 percent of the time, which was a key evaluation requirement of the grant.

Efforts by Redding firefighters through significant concessions last year which enabled the
recent re-opening of Fire Station 2, along with a new apprentice firefighter job classification, are key components in assisting the City to meet its long-term goal of achieving three-person staffing on all engine and truck companies.

Acceptance of the grant will be on the January 15, 2013, City Council agenda.