Monday, October 11, 2010

BTU NEWS: DHS TO FUND 11 BUTTE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

Butte County Fire Department is set to receive a big funding boost from the Department of Homeland Security.

Cal Fire/Butte County will receive a $2.1 million Homeland Security grant and be able to add 11 positions  to its firehouse staffs if Butte County supervisors authorize a $535,000 expenditure to train and equip them

CHICO- Butte County Supervisors will consider taking action at a regular meeting on Tuesday.
The grant covers a 24-month period beginning no later than Dec. 22, and will provide for the hiring of six firefighter II positions and five apparatus engineers, the crew members that drive the fire engines.

  Cal-Fire’s Butte unit Chief George Morris says the more than 2 million dollar grant award would cover 11 positions over two years, if the funding is accepted by the Board of Supervisors. The grant would pay for salaries and benefits. Morris says the grant would require the county not layoff any firefighters over the next 2 years.

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