BOARDMAN - The Boardman Fire Protection District won a $670,220 grant to help pay for four new firefighter positions, but it may not accept, said Chief Marc Rogelstad.

"We haven't determined whether we're going to accept it yet," he said. "Part of it was tied to the building project which didn't pass."

Voters rejected the levy for a new fire station and training facility in Boardman last November. Fire district leaders hoped the new station, which would have provided science and paramedic degrees in exchange for firefighting work, would have eased the county's firefighter shortage.

The district applied for the grant in anticipation the levy would pass, Rogelstad said, and now there is no place to house new firefighters.

The money came from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program of the Department of Homeland Security.

Rogelstad said he is not sure when the deadline for accepting the grant is. He still has unanswered questions, he said, and needs to speak to the district's grant administrator in Washington, D.C. before making any decisions.

- Erin Mills

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