Firefighting, Leadership

Federal Grant Saves Michigan Firefighter Jobs

The Saginaw Fire Department has received a $2.3 million federal grant that will prevent 15 firefighters from being laid off on July 1, reports

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced that the city is receiving a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant.

“Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Saginaw,” Stabenow said. “This grant will help the Saginaw Fire Department keep firefighters on the job to better protect the public.”

Faced with about $800,000 less revenue than Saginaw expected to collect this year, city leaders resolved to eliminate 54 positions during the budget process for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Of those 54 positions, 51 were set to be cut from the police and fire departments. The SAFER grant will save all firefighter positions on the chopping block, though the police department is still expected to see cuts.

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