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      Hundreds of firefighters added in South Carolina thanks to grant

      900 firefighters will be added in South Carolina , mainly in rural counties, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA).

      The South Carolina State Firefighters Association received the grant, according to a release.

      The funds have been allocated under the Staffing for Adequate Fire Management Response (SAFER) Program.

      The, SAFER Grant was created to give funding directly to fire departments to help them increase or maintain the number of trained "front line" firefighters. The goal of the SAFER program is to enhance the local fire department's ability to comply with staffing, response and operational standards, according to a release.

      T he association also plans to give funding for entry level physicals for firefighters, provide personal protective equipment, and hire a retention coordinator.

      The grant will conclude in four years.