Three new employees recently started working at the Highland Village Fire Department at no cost to the city, thanks to a federal SAFER grant — an acronym for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.
The grant will fund the three employees for the next five years and allow the fire department to schedule a five person EMS and Fire shift around the clock every day, city officials said.
“Through growth of residential and commercial, through changes in council leadership, the goal for a full service EMS and Fire Department has remained a constant priority,” said Mayor Dianne Costa. “The achievement of this goal speaks to the leadership and quality of our Fire Department personnel and city staff.”
“I would like to thank so many individuals – all of our past Fire Department volunteers, for serving and protecting at the time of need; to our past and present City Council members for supporting this plan and lastly to Chief Lonnie Tatum for his leadership during this time of growth and change in the Fire Department,” said City Manager Michael Leavitt.