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Bettendorf Fire vows to hire six firefighters in six months

Surrey Heights Fire Station.
Bettendorf Fire Department
Surrey Heights Fire Station.

Bettendorf will hire six new firefighters in the next six months.

At the city council meeting earlier this month, the council accepted a FEMA grant for over $2 million dollars. The SAFER grant supports understaffed fire departments.

In a press release, Fire Chief Troy Said said the money will be used to have more firefighters at the Surrey Heights Fire Station 24/7.

It's enough to fund the six new firefighters' base salaries and benefits for three years.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.