Federal money will help save the jobs of the announced layoffs of 164 Detroit firefighters, reports the Detroit Free Press.
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said that the city has been approved for a $22.5-million federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said he hoped a two-year federal grant would be awarded to the city in an effort to restore at least 108 of those positions.
Those layoffs will still occur because the grant money is not expected to flow into Detroit until at least September, the news outlet details
Firefighters are expected to be recalled to duty once the funds are in place. City officials were not expecting to receive word of whether the grant was approved until fall.
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