Monday, January 27, 2014

North Charleston to hire 15 firefighters with federal grant

North Charleston Firefighters
New federal resources have been awarded to the North Charleston Fire Department. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program awarded $1,813,830 on Friday to North Charleston to hire 15 firefighters.

The SAFER grant program supports the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. SAFER grants are awarded directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters. In addition, the grant encourages the hiring of veterans. More information can be found

“Firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep our residents and communities safe,” said Mayor Keith Summey. “These new federal resources extend the efforts of the North Charleston Fire Department and ensure we have the skilled responders needed.”

“The performance data we gained through the accreditation process helped us clearly demonstrate the need for this additional staffing,” said Fire Chief Greg Bulanow. “The additional personnel will be utilized to increase staff on our ladder trucks to better protect the increasing number of large residential and commercial structures in our thriving city. This will ultimately result in safer and more effective fire protection to the citizens of North Charleston.”

Chief Bulanow continued, “We have very good experience with hiring veterans, as they fit in well with the culture and values of our organization. We regularly attend veterans’ job fairs as part of our recruiting strategy and hope to hire as many veterans as we can to maximize the benefit of this grant.”

Interested applicants can contact the City’s Human Resource Department for applications or visit

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