Maffei Secures Partial FEMA Grant for Auburn Fire Department

The Auburn Fire Department is getting a big boost from Washington. Congressman Dan Maffei says he has secured part of a 1.5 million dollar grant from FEMA, which had been rejected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this year. Maffei says Auburn will be getting over 735 thousand dollars to hire six new firefighters. Mayor Mike Quill tells Finger Lakes News Radio Maffei's hard work is good for the city.

There is no timetable on when the money will be released, or when the firefighters will be hired. In March city councilors voted to use 97 thousand dollars from the city's rainy day fund to temporarily rehire four firefighters through the end of June. The original purpose of applying for the grant, which comes from FEMA's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program, was to rehire six firefighters whose jobs were cut during budget discussions last year.

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