LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Lexington Fire Department has been awarded a $4.2 million grant that will allow the addition of 21 firefighters.

The funds were awarded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. The funds will cover the cost of the additional firefighters for the course of three years.

Lexington Fire Department’s strength will grow from 599 to 620 firefighters as a result of this funding.

The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire department’s ability to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards as established by the National Fire Protection Agency, an addition Mayor Linda Gorton and fire officials said will improve safety city-wide.

The United State Census Bureau‘s QuickFacts shows that in 2021 Lexington has around 130,926 homes. With the additional firefighters, it would be roughly 1 firefighter for every 211 homes. The bureau also shows an estimated population of 321,793 in Lexington, meaning for every 2,000 people the fire department will have 1 firefighter.