- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SALEM, N.H. (AP) - A fire department in New Hampshire that hasn’t had any staffing increases for the last 25 years is now seeking a grant from the federal government to hire more first responders.

Salem Fire Chief Paul Parisi says his firefighters are spread thin and sometimes handle multiple calls at once, slowing response times. WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2q5iLIq ) the town of Salem’s board of selectmen voted on Monday to support Parisi’s application for federal funding for the department.

The funds would give Salem eight more firefighters for three years.

Although the staffing of the fire department has remained constant since 1990, Parisi says the town’s growth has led to a 79 percent increase in ambulance and fire calls.

The fire department will find out this summer if it receives the federal grant.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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