CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Fire Department announced 39 new fire recruits began drill school on Monday.
The new recruits have been waiting more than three years to become Cincinnati Firefighters. Their salary and benefits are completely funded by a grant provided by the Department of Homeland Security's FEMA's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants Program.
"The Cincinnati Fire Department is proud to announce the 2012 fire recruit class. This class represents a positive turn to help fill a critical gap in our daily operations," stated Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard Braun.
Cincinnati is the home to the oldest professional and fully-paid fire department in the country.