City awarded almost $3 million for new firefighters



July 31, 2015

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Fifteen new firefighters!  That’s how many the city expects to have on the streets, thanks to a new Federal Government grant that was just awarded to West Palm Beach.

West Palm Beach Fire Rescue officials were notified Friday that their application for a SAFER grant from FEMA has been approved.  That means $2.93 million dollars is heading to West Palm Beach to pay for the new firefighters.  Fire rescue staff estimate the money will pay for 15 new firefighters over the next two years.

SAFER grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters.

Currently 213 employees of the City of West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Department respond to over 25,000 calls for service each year. They operate out of eight stations that cover over 55 square miles.

The city is taking applications for new firefighter positions beginning August 6th, and lasting for two weeks.  The new firefighters are expected to be on the job by the end of the year.