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City receives federal grant for firefighters

27 NEWSFIRST has learned Lexington will receive a federal grant to help with a shortage of firefighters.

Mayor Jim Gray, Congressman Ben Chandler, and Lexington firefighters will officially announce the grant during a news conference on Tuesday.

The nearly $3 million grant from the Homeland Security Department will allow the city to hire 28 new firefighters.

Between that and two recruiting classes the city has already budgeted for, firefighters say staffing should be in good shape.

"If we don't have a lot of people leave, that this will put us back at full staffing by next year. And where we don't have these brownouts or anything else," Lt. Chris Bartley of Lexington Professional Firefighters told 27 NEWSFIRST.

For months, those brownouts have forced some Lexington fire stations to close for certain periods of time to save money.


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