ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Anne Arundel County Fire Department has received at $7 million federal grant to hire and train 52 new full-time firefighters.

Capt. Russ Davies said in news release Tuesday that the grant is from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response program.

The department serves a population of 555,000 residents and has a workforce of 863 staffing 31 stations.

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