North Myrtle Beach fire truck

A North Myrtle Beach fire truck. Courtesy, city of North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach is getting 12 new firefighters thanks to a FEMA grant called Staffing and Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, also known as SAFER. 

The grant is focused, in part, on helping fire departments attain 24-hour staffing.

The city will receive almost $1.26 million from the SAFER grant over the next three years, and pay in $782,000, according to a news release. Afterwards, the city will absorb the cost of the new positions.

The city currently has 48 operations firefighters who are cross-trained as Class 3 police officers, and the new firefighters will be cross-trained as well.

City spokesman Pat Dowling said most of the cross-training occurs in-house, except for the final tests. 

“The new personnel will set us up very nicely for the growth that is occurring within the city west of the Waterway,” Dowling said in an email. “At least one new fire station will be required and over time, two.”

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