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Posted on: September 11, 2018

City of Twin Falls Awarded Federal Grant To Hire Five Additional Firefighters

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the Twin Falls Fire Department a grant under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The grant, which was awarded on August 31, 2018, will provide federal funds to the City of Twin Falls to offset the cost of hiring five additional fire fighters.

The purpose of the grant is to provide funding directly to fire departments to assist in increasing the number of fire fighters to help communities meet industry standards for staffing and adequate fire protection. The grant will cover 75% of salary and benefits for five fire fighters for two years, and 35% for a third year.

The federal award is $655,327 and the local match is $407,363, for a total project cost of $1,062,690. The City Council voted unanimously to accept the grant, which will begin 180 days from the award date to allow for recruitment, hiring and training of the new fire fighters. 

“As the City grows, we are seeing an increased need for additional fire fighters. This grant program will allow us to hire the staff we need without being forced to absorb the full cost of the positions all at once,” said Fire Chief Les Kenworthy.  “Through our long term planning process, the City can build the full cost of the new positions into the budget incrementally, lessening the initial impact.”

The recruitment process is set to begin on September 24. If you have any questions or would like information on testing for one of the positions, please contact Human Resources at (208) 735-7251 or
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