NEWPORT NEWS - A federal grant will pay for 15 firefighters who started work for the City of Newport News on Friday.
The money that was scheduled to be used for their positions will now be available for other things, said City spokeswoman Kim Lee.
“During the extended economic downturn, it has been a challenge to maintain the level of trained front-line firefighters due to attrition, the lengthy and extensive training for new recruits, and the overtime needed to maintain minimum staffing until new recruits are fully trained and ready for service," said Fire Chief Scott Liebold.
The $1.7 million in grant funds comes through FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
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