LORAIN — A federal grant of $1.7 million is expected to help Lorain bring back seven laid-off firefighters and to hire five more, officials said.
A formal announcement is expected as soon as today.
“This is going to guarantee that I’ve got stations open,” Lorain fire Chief Tom Brown said. “This is going to give us the proper manpower the majority of the year.
“This is just going to improve our services and we’re going to operate in a much safer manner for a city the size of Lorain,” Brown said. “This is great news.”
The money is to come through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant program.
The money will allow the city to hire back seven firefighters who were cut last year. Lorain will use its civil service testing to hire five more.
The city will get the money for two years. After that, Brown said he hopes the city will make an economic recovery, and the department will be creative in looking for ways to operate more efficiently.
Lorain will keep its four fire stations open and bring the staff level back to 82 firefighters, the same as in January 2008. In 1999, the city had 93 firefighters on duty, Brown said.
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