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Steubenville Fire Department receives $1.1 million grant

Updated: Friday, April 18 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - A grant totaling a little more than $1.1 million over a two-year period could save the Steubenville Fire Department from a shortage.
Broken down over that same time frame, the grant will give the department nearly $600,000 a year to put toward firefighter salaries.
Steubenville Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi said there were three main requirements of the grant.
1)    Priority given to grant applications from stations that would be using the money to re-hire firefighters that have been laid off.
2)    Retaining firefighters that are facing eminent layoffs or filling positions that have been vacated through attrition.
3)    Departments will use the money to hire additional firefighters.
Capaldi said they have three shifts with 11 firefighters on each shift. With this grant, it would allow for 13 firefighters per shift. An increase in staffing boils down to more safety for crews and residents.
Capaldi said they have 90 days to hire four firefighters whose positions have been vacant for years before that two-year clock starts ticking.
Applications are being accepted with the deadline to apply for those positions closing Friday, April 25.


Steubenville Fire Department receives $1.1 million grant


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