A FEMA and Department of Homeland Security grant allowed the department to hire the four, bringing the department to 65 firefighters.
“With this grant we were able to hire guys that were already trained and certified so today we get them sworn in and tomorrow they’re going to validate their skills and they’ll start next week,” said Altoona Fire Chief Tim Hileman.
All four will have a probationary period as they start with the department.
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