NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of North Charleston has been awarded a grant worth $1.8 million that will go towards the hiring of more than a dozen new firefighters.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants program awarded $1,813,830 to North Charleston Friday to hire 15 firefighters.
SAFER grants are awarded directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to assist in the hiring, recruitment, and retention of both firefighters and volunteer firefighters.
"These new federal resources extend the efforts of the North Charleston Fire Department and ensure we have the skilled responders needed," said Mayor Keith Summey in a statement.
Fire Chief Greg Bulanow said the department used data gained through an accreditation process to "clearly demonstrate the need for this additional staffing."