Medford fire department receives $2.5M grant for new firefighter jobs

MEDFORD, Ore. – The City of Medford recently received a $2.5 million dollar grant to add new firefighters across the city.

The city says the newly acquired SAFER grant, administered by FEMA, will give the fire department enough funding to hire six new firefighters over the next three years.

Fire Chief Eric Thompson says this will help the fire department better serve the community.

“With the growth of our community and us becoming more of an urban footprint, it was important for us to try to look for ways to increase our staffing to meet those standards,” Chief Thompson said.

Chief Thompson says the new firefighters will be stationed across the city to make sure every fire engine will have a minimum of four people per engine.

The department has 180 days from the announcement of the funding award to fill the newly created roles.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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