Federal grants to allow more local firefighters
The Laredo Fire Department has been awarded a $3.9 million grant to hire new firefighters.
The federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security and will allow the fire department to hire 30 new full time firefighters.
The Laredo fire chief says the grant will insure that a minimum of four firefighters will be on the scene per call, and will eventually take the place of those retiring.
The grant is enough to pay for the 30 positions for two years.