Grant Helps Atlantic City Avoid 84 Firefighter Layoffs

Atlantic City firefighters set to be laid off Friday will keep their jobs for at least 2½ more months, thanks to a $3.2 million federal grant, reports

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant was paying the salaries and benefits of 50 firefighters, but the city planned to lay off them and 35 others to help close a huge budget deficit.

But on Wednesday, the city was notified it received approval to expand the grant, which will pay for 84 firefighters. Another has retired, acting Fire Chief Vincent Granese said.

If the city had to lay off firefighters, it would have lost the entire grant, including money that paid for promotions to captain.

Granese estimates the current grant, which is from 2013, will now run out around Sept. 8. The city is awaiting news on a two-year extension that would kick in after this one runs out.

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