TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Terre Haute Fire Department swore in some new hires Monday. At a ceremony at City Hall, 11 recruits joined the department’s ranks. Fire officials say money from what’s called the “Safer Grant” allowed them to hire new employees. It awarded the department $1.5 million. Officials say this will help firefighters better serve the community. “We man our fire trucks, our fire stations with the max that we can. No fire truck goes without three people on them. No ladder truck goes without four. And no ambulance goes without two people. So all of our units are staffed everyday. Now we can cut back a little bit on overtime,” Chief Jeff Fisher said. All new recruits will now go into training to become full fledged firefighters.