The Kent Fire Department will be able to hire four new firefighters thanks to an $811,704 grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
The two-year Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant (SAFER) was announced today.
Unlike similar grants, the department will not be required to contribute their own funds. It will be used to fill four of the nine empty positions.
Fire Chief Jim Schneider said in a statement that the money will enable them to increase service to the community.
A recruit firefighter assessment process will begin next month and officials said job offers will be made early next year.