It’s all smiles around the Annaville Fire Department today.
Because the Nueces County Emergency Services just got a grant for $790,720.
“I’m still wrapping my mind around things that we’ve actually been awarded this,” said Annaville Fire Chief Michael Clack.
It’s even a bigger deal when you consider all fire departments in the United States are eligible for the grant.
“I think we have a good need and we can justify it. I just don’t know if I could justify it competing against thousands of fire departments across the United States,” said Clack.
The money goes to increasing the number of firefighters, specifically EMS. Mainly because of the increase in emergency calls.
“We went form 800 calls a couple of years ago. Last year we went on 2400 EMS calls,” said Clack.
So, if you are looking for a job, the Annaville Fire and Rescue Department needs you. Part of the grant allows for six new hires and they have to hire six paramedics in the next six months or they lose the grant.
“We’ll be working hard to get do some recruitment and try to put in six new firefighter paramedics,” concluded Clack.