HERCULES -- Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, will present a federal grant of almost $2.5 million to the Rodeo-Hercules fire department at a firehouse ceremony Monday.

The so-called SAFER grant, which is spread over two years, will enable the department to hire seven firefighters and reopen the Rodeo fire station, Thompson said in a news release announcing Monday's ceremony.

Thompson urged approval of the funds in an October 2013 letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's administrator at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to the news release.

The event will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the district office at the Hercules fire station, 1680 Refugio Valley Road.

Fire Chief Charles Hanley and local elected officials are expected to attend the ceremony, which is open to the public.

Rodeo-Hercules is an independent district with its own elected, five-member governing board. Thompson's congressional district covers all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner



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