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$1.5 million grant awarded to South Carolina State Firefighters' Association

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The South Carolina State Firefighters' Association received a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), the association announced Saturday.

The funds have been allocated under the Staffing for Adequate Fire Management Response (SAFER) Program.

The, SAFER Grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments to help them increase or maintain the number of trained "front line" firefighters.

The goal of the SAFER program is to enhance the local fire department's ability to comply with staffing, response and operational standards.

The grant awarded to the SC State Firefighters' Association is to add 900 new firefighters through the state; mainly in the rural counties.

In addition, the association plans to provide funding for entry level physicals for firefighters, provide personal protective equipment, and hire a retention coordinator.

The grant will conclude in four years.

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