STOCKTON (CBS13) – The Stockton Fire Department was awarded a $1 million grant to fund the purchase of two new fire engines.
The FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant will help purchase these new engines in addition to the four the city approved last year, which are expected to go into service by May.
“This grant allows the Stockton Fire Department to begin the transition of providing contemporary fire and emergency medical services to the community,” said Chief Jeff Piechura.
In addition to the new engines, in the next 18 months, Piechura says he plans to revive an updated version of a program that allowed firefighters to respond to more minor medical calls.
The grant requires Stockton to contribute 20 percent, or $200,000 for the new engines, while the grant program provides the additional $800,000. The city says the $200,000 will come from a fund established for the replacement of vehicles.