Federal Grant Brings Lansing Fire Department Back to Full Strength
The Lansing Fire Department will soon be back to full strength, thanksto a $2.3 million federal grant that will enable the city to rehire all eight remaining firefighters who were laid off last year due to the city's budget crisis.
The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will provide $2,279,256 to support the cost of eight firefighters for the next two years. No local matching funds are required for this grant.
According to the terms of the grant, the city has 90 days to rehire the firefighters.
In a statement, Mayor Virg Bernero said: "Public safety is job one in city government and this FEMA grant will help us keep Lansing safe. In these challenging financial times, we deeply appreciate the commitment of President Obama's administration and the great work of our congressional delegation in securing these vital resources for local fire departments like ours."