North Charleston plans to hire 15 more firefighters and is encouraging veterans to apply, following the receipt of a $1.8 million federal grant, the city announced Monday afternoon.

"These new federal resources extend the efforts of the North Charleston Fire Department and ensure we have the skilled responders needed," Mayor Keith Summey said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency grant is meant to help the department comply with National Fire Protection Association standards.

"The performance data we gained through the accreditation process helped us clearly demonstrate the need for this additional staffing," said Fire Chief Greg Bulanow. "The additional personnel will be utilized to increase staff on our ladder trucks to better protect the increasing number of large residential and commercial structures in our thriving city."

Job applicants may contact the city's Human Resource Department for an application, at 843-740-2597, or online at northcharleston.org.

Reach David Slade at 937-5552