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Alameda Firefighters Close to Securing SAFER Grant to Restore 6 Positions Lost Due to Budget Cuts

Alameda Firefighters IAFF Local 689 say that the are in the final stages of securing approval for a $1.7 million SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant that would restore for twenty-four months six firefighter positions lost due to budget cuts.

Firefighters say that the grant would cover 100% of the salary and benefits for the re-hired firefighters at little cost to the City; they say they have been working with Fire Department and City of Alameda staff to secure the grant.

IAFF Local 689 president Domenick Weaver told Action Alameda News that “a SAFER grant coming to Alameda is a great opportunity. It is a chance for the City to restore at least some of the street level Fire and Emergency Services that have suffered due to budget reductions. It is a chance for Alameda to be part of rebuilding America by putting people back to work, with 100% of the re-hired firefighters salary and benefits paid for by the grant for 2 whole years. IAFF Local 689 is proud to be a part of this and helping to meet the community’s needs.”

The matter will be considered tonight at a special meeting of the Alameda City Council.

1 comment to Alameda Firefighters Close to Securing SAFER Grant to Restore 6 Positions Lost Due to Budget Cuts

  • steve

    I’m so sick of this stupid argument. Unemployment benefits and this wonderful grant come from the same till!!!! It’s far better to keep these unneeded extra firefighters on the dole at a total of 228,000.00 dollars a year than 1.7 million.Hello, McFly.

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