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Maury County Fire Department Awarded Major Grant

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by Emily Luxen

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The Maury County Fire Department is getting a big financial boost courtesy of one of the largest federal grants ever awarded to a Tennessee fire department.

The $753,784 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The money will help the department hire, maintain and train volunteer firefighters.

"It's a competitive grant process," said Capt. Richard Schatz, who wrote the grant. "We were glad to be chosen among all the departments."

The Maury County Fire Department is staffed with 200 volunteer firefighters, and is responsible for covering 570 square miles in the county.  Capt. Schatz said the department struggles with constant turnover, and he believes the grant money will help solve the problem.

"Our main goal is to try and retain members we invest so much time and money into," said Capt. Schatz. "That will make things better for us as far as response goes."

The grant money will cover the costs of tuition for medical training and other education for firefighters.  It will also be used to purchase gift cards to help cover costs for volunteer firefighters who respond from home.

The money will be given out over the course of four years, and will be dispersed to all 10 Maury County volunteer departments.

With the additional money, the Maury County Fire Department hopes to add more firefighters to the team.  For more information on job opportunities, call the department at (931) 381-3366.

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