County Fire Department looking to obtain grant to train firefighters

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LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - The Webb County Volunteer Fire Department is putting efforts into obtaining a $400,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

If they are successful, money will go towards increasing and training certified volunteer firefighters.

The grant is called the Safer Grant Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.

According to the Webb County Fire Department Chief Ricard Rangel, it’s an extremely competitive grant to obtain.

There is never enough money, especially for the guys that operate on a wider square mile radius.

The department covers 3200 square miles within the county.

Currently, they have three fire stations taking care of the northern and eastern county area, then there is central command within the city.

The department would like to borrow resources from other stations if possible because additional calls do come in frequently when they are already on call.

The city’s Economic Development Department is taking the lead on drafting the federal grant proposal.