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Red Oak awarded grant for firefighters

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press
RED OAK - Using a $617,760 grant from Homeland Security, the City of Red Oak will be able to hire six additional firefighters.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant would pay a portion of the firefighters' salaries for five years.

'This will increase the number of firefighters per shift,' Red Oak City Manager Ken Pfeifer said.

Homeland security officials said the grant was designed to provide money so fire departments could increase its staffing and deployment capabilities.

'The SAFER grant will enhance their efforts by giving them tools they need to help increase the number of frontline firefighters and ensure staffing needs are being met,' U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.

Currently the city has a 20,000-square-foot police/fire station at the intersection of Ovilla Road and Methodist.

Next May, a 6,000-square-foot police and fire substation was scheduled to open at the intersection of Pierce and Pratt Roads on the southside of Ovilla Road between Texas Highway 342 and Ferris.

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