SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Seymour Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a grant that will allow for nine live-in firefighters.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the fire department a staffing for fire and emergency response and provides tuition assistance in exchange for staffing four of the six stations.
The nine firefighters will agree to live in the station for the next four years.
To be eligible for the grant, the live-in firefighters must be willing to be enrolled in a two-year or four-year college and commit to a minimum of 36 hours of standby time a week. Tuition assistance in the amount of $8,000 a year is provided per firefighter.
“We are excited about this grant because it is another step to improve the fire service in this area” said Kevin Nunn, SVFD Fire Chief.
An informational meeting is being held at SVFD station one on Monday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m. for those interested in applying for the live-in program.