Published: Oct 30, 2012 7:11 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 30, 2012 7:14 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- For the second year, the Fort Myers Fire Department is waiting to receive a grant allowing them to keep more boots on the street.

The "SAFER" grant provides money for departments to pay firefighters salaries and benefits.

Fort Myers Fire will get almost four millions dollars, funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

Fire departments directly affected by the economy's downward spiral are eligible for the grant.

The money will be dispersed throughout all six of the Fort Myers stations.

This grant will improve response times and allow more firefighters to be on the scene of emergencies.

"Us getting this grant again for an additional two years, keeps a family together, keeps us at a level to provide the service we have been providing, and hope to continue to provide," Deputy Chief, Trenton Bowen said.

The grant is waiting on a signature from the Fort Myers City Council. Once they get it approved, they will receive the money for the 2013/2014 years.