CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI)- The city of Cranston will be getting 20 new firefighters, thanks to a federal funding grant.
The $3.45 million in federal funding will help the department hire and train new staffers.
The money, provided through Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, will fund 17 full time firefighter positions and three additional positions.
These new positions will be assigned as first responders and distributed through the city's six fire stations.
The new firefighters will also be part of a Regional Hazardous Material Response team, a regional heavy rescue team, and a regional marine response team that covers the Port of Providence and Narragansett Bay.
The new positions were announced today by Mayor Allan Fung and U.S.. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S.. Representative James Langevin.