Flint Fire Department loses out on millions in funding - WNEM TV 5

Flint Fire Department loses out on millions in funding

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the city of Flint's SAFER application.
   
That means the city will not receive almost $8-million in funding for 39 positions within the Flint Fire Department.
   
Flint officials say the decision is disappointing but there are contingency plans in place.
   
The city will look at other funding sources for their police department but it is unclear what it means for those 39 jobs. 

The city is already having trouble meeting the National Fire Protection Agency's response standard and this could mean they will fall even farther behind.

The city currently operates five fire halls and they could lose two without additional funding. The city says without the SAFER funding, the department would have enough money to staff 46 positions.

Congressman Dan Kildee weighed in on the issue. He released this statement Monday afternoon regarding the issue.

"Over the past year, I have worked with local officials to aggressively advocate for a SAFER grant for the city of Flint. Today's announcement that Flint has not received a third SAFER grant is obviously not the outcome we wanted. In applying for a renewal, we always knew that securing this grant again would be an uphill climb, as they are intended to be temporary measures – not permanent fixtures – in a municipality's budget. Now that Flint has not been awarded this grant, I will continue to work with FEMA to examine the eligibility requirements for this and other grants and look for other ways that the federal government can help support and reinvest in cities like Flint. It is critical that communities facing persistent problems with crime and arson have the adequate resources to deal with the continued challenges they face."

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