FORNEY, Texas — The Forney Fire Department was recently selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an $809,412 Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.
The grant will enable the department, which recently opened its second station on the north side of Forney, to hire six new firefighters.
“This much-needed grant couldn’t come at a better time; with the opening of Station 2 and the continued growth in and around town,” Forney Fire Department Fire Marshal John Holcomb told inForney.com.
Holcomb says the grant will pay 75 percent of the firefighters salaries for the first two years and 35 percent the third year. After the third year, the City of Forney will be responsible for 100 percent of their salaries.
This is the second SAFER grant awarded to the Forney Fire Department. In 2012, the department was awarded a $739,104 grant which also enabled the hiring of six firefighters.
Once the new firefighters are put in service, Holcomb says the department will be able to run an engine and rescue crew out of both fire stations.
Yesterday, the department posted the positions for the six certified firefighter/EMT positions. The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017. For more information, visit the City of Forney’s website.