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The City of Southaven is looking to hire more than a dozen new firefighters, partly through the United States Department of Homeland Security's SAFER Grant, Southaven Fire Chief Roger Thornton said.

"We're asking for 12 personnel to staff Fire Station No.5," Thornton told aldermen at this past Tuesday night's city board meeting.

Fire Station No. 5, which is still on the drawing board, is expected to be located in the vicinity of Star Landing and Baptist Road, a rapidly growing area in the central part of the city.

"In the past, the grant has paid for firefighters for three years, costing the city 25 percent the first year, 65 percent for the second year and 65 percent for the third year," Thornton said. "The fourth year you don't have to retain personnel but we would hope that you would," he said, adding the training and experience after that time makes the firefighting personnel extremely valuable.

It's expected the firefighters would be fully implemented and funded for the 2018-19 period.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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