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HAMPTON - 18 new firefighters will be on the streets of Hampton soon if City Council tonight accepts a $2 million federal grant.

In December, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved funds to cover salaries and benefits for two years.

In a letter on the City Council agenda, fire officials say the 18 new firefighters will improve response times when citizens call, cut down on overtime costs and enhance firefighter safety.

FEMA hopes localities which get the SAFER grants will work to hire veterans and fire officials say they'll 'make every effort hire qualified veterans.' Positions filled by military veterans will be funded for three years instead of two.

At the end of two or three years, the City would decide whether to keep the positions.

The total amount of the grant is $2,034,630.00.

To apply for jobs with the Hampton Fire Department, click here.

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