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TIFFIN, OH (Toledo News Now) -
the first time since 2009, the Tiffin Fire Department will be fully-staffed,
thanks to a grant.
2009, the City of Tiffin had 39 firefighters on duty. Once the economy took a
turn and after retirements, the department has had about 34 on duty. That may
not seem like a big difference for some departments, but for Tiffin, it is.
May of [last] year, it was the first time that we were unable to respond in a
timely manner on an ambulance call," said Chief William Ennis.
the help of Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, the federally-funded SAFER
Grant – Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response – will help the
department hire five new firefighters.
to the grant, firefighters on duty will be increase from eight to 10 per shift.
And it won't cost the city a penny. The grant accounts for $775,000 over two
you're talking safety to your firefighters and you're talking service to
citizens, yes, it does make me relax and sleep a little bit better," Chief
Ennis said. "By putting 10 on duty, we'll be able to go back to being able to
handle two calls at one time."
SAFER grant will fund the new hires for two years. The city and the Tiffin Fire
Department are hoping the five firefighters will be retained when the grant
expires in 2016.
really hoping that we continue to see those growth trends in the local economy,"
said Mayor Aaron Montz. "If we were to see that, I think the chances are
extremely high that we'll be able to maintain the staffing level and hopefully
at the same time, increasing staffing also in other safety service areas in the
city. That has been a primary function of all of us, and we're hoping to get
council still has to vote to accept the grant. Mayor Montz will recommend they
do that on Monday.