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Updated Feb 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Phoenix Fire receives $8M federal grant to keep staff on job

Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan (right, at podium) speaks about the grant. (KTAR Photo/Jayme West)

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Fire Department has been awarded an $8 million federal grant that will be used to pay salary and benefits of 42 firefighters for the next two years.

Nearly 100 firefighters have been hired through Staffing For Adequate Fire & Emergency Response funding. Without the FEMA funding, Phoenix Fire said the department would have been forced to pull emergency units out of operation. Last year the department responded to almost 175,000 emergency incidents.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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