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More Firefighters For Stafford
Stafford County supervisors voted last night to take advantage of a $1 million federal grant to hire 14 new career firefighters. But there was some dissent prior to the 5-2 vote, particularly from supervisors Susan Stimpson and Paul Milde, who voted in opposition.
Milde and Stimpson were concerned about what happens when the grant money runs out in two years. The county is obligated to pick up the cost of the third year. After the third year, it could mean the county continues to pick up the tab, or those firefighters could be laid off.
OK, maybe not laid off, but that money will have to come from somewhere.
Ultimately, a majority of the supervisors felt there was a need to increase staffing levels to improve coverage in the county, and that the grant was a good opportunity to do so.
This item was added to the board’s agenda last night, so there isn’t background information on the county’s website.