HENRY COUNTY, VA -
At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Henry County leaders announced a $1.3 million grant to help improve the Henry County Fire and EMS Department.
Over the past few years, they have struggled to find enough volunteers. This grant, approved by FEMA, will create 13 paid Fire and EMS positions within the Henry County Fire Department.
Leaders hope having more permanent crews will allow them to be placed in several locations, helping to improve response times.
"It's something that's been needed for quite a while," says Henry County's director of public safety, Rodney Howell. "We're surprised to have received it so fast. Because we got the grant in the first round, it shows that this is really going to support our request and it shows how important this is needed in the area."
The new positions are expected to be filled by spring of next year.