MORGANTOWN — Starting Jan. 13, Morgantown will have 13 new firefighters.

Chief Mark Caravasos said 13 men wrapped up their testing on Jan. 12 and will join crews starting immediately. A federal grant led to the creation of 12 of the 13 new positions.

“This is something that hasn’t happened to the department in over 50 years,” Caravasos said.

The chief has long discussed how the department hasn’t added personnel positions since the 1960s until it received the grant money last year.

The $1.7 million federal grant was awarded during the summer and Morgantown City Council accepted it. City council had to agree to the grant because it needed to cover portions of the firefighters’ pay through the life of the grant and beyond.

Potential candidates went through academy-style training, Caravasos said. That program included firefighting education, CPR and other topics.

When the firefighters join, it will permit the department to house a ladder truck at the north-side station for better coverage in that area of the city, Caravasos said. It will also allow for extra manpower at the scene of any fire.