FAIRBORN — 

The city of Fairborn Fire Department will hire three new firefighters after being awarded nearly $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency SAFER grant program, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Thursday.

 

The city applied for the grant money in 2010 and received notice about a month ago that it would not get the funds.

But Thursday’s announcement that $493,359 will be given to the department was a pleasant surprise to Fire Chief Mike Riley, who said he expects to get official word from FEMA today.

“Something between then and now must have happened where funding became available or a municipality declined the grant,” Riley said. “Our name must have surfaced to be eligible for the award. It’s rather shocking.”

Fairborn City Council is expected to vote to accept the grant money at its Sept. 4 meeting, according to Pete Bales, the city’s public administrative services director.

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