Posted: Jul 26, 2012 5:37 PM by Caroline Lowe
Updated: Jul 27, 2012 8:09 AM
The Santa Maria Fire Department will get a big check from the federal government to help pay for staff at the city's newest fire station.
A 1.6 million dollar grant from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security was announced Thursday. The funds will cover the hiring and training of nine firefighters, who will be assigned to the new Station 5 in the city's northwest area of the city.
Fire Chief Dan Orr said the new station is "desperately needed to divide our busier response district to better serve the citizens of the city. "
The federal grant funds were announced less than two months after Santa Maria voters agreed to a sales tax increase to help pay for essential city services.
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