$2 million grant awarded to protect firefighter jobs - WNEM TV 5

$2 million grant awarded to protect firefighter jobs

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

After an extension saved the jobs of more than a dozen firefighters in June, more than $2 million has been approved from federal grants. 

Congressman Dan Kildee announced the city of Saginaw will receive a $2,017,145 grant, a two-year grant to maintain staffing levels. 

Kildee said in a press release on Wednesday, "This federal grant is welcome news for Saginaw and means that fire stations will remain open and firefighters will stay on the job to protect our community."

Saginaw city leaders have approved a $111 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, but that didn't include funding to keep 13 firefighters. Those firefighters were given layoff notices back in February.

The federal grant is through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). The program is designed to strengthen Saginaw's ability to respond to fire and fire-related incidents and improve overall preparedness for emergencies. 

This comes on the heels of Saginaw's previous grant approval in June, which would have saved those jobs through Sept. 30, 2015. Now, with the funding, those jobs are safe for an additional two years.

This will allow the fire department to maintain staffing levels, and keep all current fire stations open through that date.

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