TAMPA — Tampa Fire Rescue received a federal grant of more than $1.6 million Wednesday to help build a new fire station in Cross Creek.
Construction of the station, at 10871 Cross Creek Blvd., will start by the end of the year and should be done in two years, said spokesman Bill Wade. The station will serve New Tampa and unincorporated parts of Hillsborough County.
Wade said Tampa Fire Rescue planned to fund the station with Community Investment Tax money, but the federal grant will now cover nearly all the costs. The agency bought the land a few years ago for $750,000.
The new station will need three fire captains, three driver engineers and nine firefighters.
Another federal grant, called the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant, will help with the cost of those salaries and others. Tampa Fire Rescue plans to hire 36 people with the grant's $4 million over five years.
Sixteen new employees with salaries funded by the grant are already in a recruit class, Wade said.
Only 96 fire station construction grants were approved out of about 6,000 submitted, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. Six were in Florida, and no others were in the bay area.
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