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Federal Grant Assists Miami-Dade County's Fire Union

For the past half year Miami-Dade County's fire union and the mayor's office have been at odds over a budget shortfall that threatened 59 jobs and three fire rescue trucks, reports the Miami Herald. Monday, the arguing subsided when the county announced it had received an $11.4 million federal grant that ensures there will be no fire department cuts or personnel losses for the next two years. The grant is know as SAFER, for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response. It's an award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help local governments keep staff when facing financial shortfalls. "It's a big deal because it saves 59 positions," said Deputy County Mayor ...

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