MOUNT DORA, Fla. — The Mount Dora Fire Department recently received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security of $1.29 million in order to hire more firefighters and provide better service to the ever-growing city.
The City of Mount Dora applied for the S.A.F.E.R. (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant back in March of 2018 and have been working diligently since then in order to secure funding for additional fire department staff.
Thanks to the grant, the department which currently staffs two fire engines, will be hiring twelve more firefighters by the end of February 2019.
The additional crew will help staff a ladder truck for the department in order to improve the services provided to the community.
In a statement released by the city, Fire Chief Timmons Giner stated, “This is a great opportunity for us to elevate the service we provide to our community. Our finance and Fire Departments worked very hard through this process of receiving this grant and we are thankful for the support of our City Manager, Robin Hayes and Public Safety Directory, John O’Grady.”