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Sherman adding to public safety ranks

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Sherman firefighters at work. (KTEN) Sherman firefighters at work. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- We've talked about water, roads, schools and new entertainment options for residents of the City of Sherman.

But public safety remains a top priority for city officials, so more police and firefighters are being hired to protect citizens.

The fire department was awarded a $740,000 federal grant last week that will be used to hire six new personnel.

"Thinking ahead to the future, and trying to plan today for what the future holds," Chief Danny Jones said. "We continually talk about what we need to work on, what we need to look at three, four, five, six years down the road, and those three, four, five, six years down the road may turn into two or three years down the road."

The Sherman Police Department  has plans to add five new officers to the ranks.

"When you have more people and more population, you have more emergency situations," City Council member Shawn Teamann said. "It gets very difficult to handle that increase in population with the same amount of people."

He adds that the City Council is juggling trying to keep taxes low while budgeting for new public safety positions.

"Where it's possible to add those police officers and firemen is where a city starts to see growth and experience growth and you have industry and houses going on the rolls that weren't there before," Teamann said.

The Sherman Fire Department already had three openings before the grant created six additional jobs.

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