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Grant will help town to hire four more firefighters

The town will use a federal grant to hire four firefighters, an addition that will allow eight firefighters to be on duty at all times, according to Town Manager William G. Keegan Jr.

The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously in August to accept the $740,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Keegan said. The money will be paid out over three years, and the town will assume the cost of the added personnel after that, he said.

Keegan said a study done about 10 years ago indicated that, with the construction of Patriot Place, the town should have eight firefighters on duty during every shift. Foxborough currently has seven, he said.

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“This is a significant achievement for the town, and we’re very pleased and proud of the work the Fire Department did in getting this done,” he said.

FEMA distributes SAFER grants to fire departments across the nation. The grant name is an acronym for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.