Manatee County fire departments responded to this December blaze at the eastern edge of Bradenton. As the city continues to expand and annex properties in eastern Manatee County, it must face the challenges of expanding its public safety services under budgetary constraints. MARK YOUNG/Bradenton Herald file photo
Manatee County fire departments responded to this December blaze at the eastern edge of Bradenton. As the city continues to expand and annex properties in eastern Manatee County, it must face the challenges of expanding its public safety services under budgetary constraints. MARK YOUNG/Bradenton Herald file photo
Manatee County fire departments responded to this December blaze at the eastern edge of Bradenton. As the city continues to expand and annex properties in eastern Manatee County, it must face the challenges of expanding its public safety services under budgetary constraints. MARK YOUNG/Bradenton Herald file photo

Bradenton officials OK applying for grant to hire new firefighters

March 16, 2016 11:30 PM