Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-09-10 20:37:03 –
Tulsa, Oklahoma — Millions of dollars in grants will have a significant impact on the Tulsa Fire Department.
FEMA awarded the sector a $ 12 million Appropriate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant on Friday.
Chief Michael Baker said money would help them fill many vacancies in the department for three years.
This grant is specially designed for understaffed departments.
Chief Baker said there are currently more than 60 vacancies in their department, many of them due to the retirement of firefighters.
Chief Baker said it was important to be fully staffed without impacting the department’s budget when the pandemic made it difficult for them to work.
“As we continue to experience the coronavirus pandemic, new variants emerge, are exposed to more people as firefighters themselves, and there are a few people infected with the virus that need to be filled. , We really maintain staff to the required level without overstressing the staff, “said Baker.
Chief Baker said there may be three academy classes during the next year between what their department was awarded and the current budget.
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