Fire chief wants full-time personnel

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By Jeff M. Hardison

Fire Chief John Ward found the Chiefland City Commission unanimously approving some of his requests for grant applications, while the commission held back on one.

A Florida Division of Forestry grant for a 50-50 match was approved March 24. Ward said these funds are for less expensive items for the department.

A separate grant for up to $1 million, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays 90 percent and the city pays 10 percent was also unanimously approved. Ward said the city needs an aerial fire engine to cover the two-story future Tri-County Hospital, as well as the existing two-story apartments and motels. Future warehouses need aerial fire protection as well, he said.

This truck is estimated to cost between $375,000 and $700,000, Ward said.

The 90-10 federal match grant is also good for equipment. This grant is known as the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant. Ward said the Chiefland Fire Rescue Department could use some new bunker gear. The cost for this is between $24,000 and $30,000, he estimated.

Another grant application sought by Ward was delayed for approval.

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