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Wyandotte Officials Accept Grant to Hire 4 Firefighters

The $616,000 grant will pay the firefighters' salaries and benefits from March 2013 to March 2015.

Wyandotte city officials voted unanimously Monday night to accept , which paves the way for four new firefighters to be hired for two years.

Wyandotte Fire Chief Jeffery Carley received word last month that his department had been chosen for the grant and just needed the City Council's OK to hire the additional firefighters.

“This is a great opportunity for us to pick up the four firemen," Mayor Joseph Peterson said. “I’m happy that we got it."

The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program. It's a part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program, which is a competitive grant process to help ensure that fire departments nationwide have the frontline firefighters they need to protect their communities.

The funding will provide $351,292 in salaries and an additional $265,584 in benefits for the four firefighters, who would work from March 6, 2013 through March 5, 2015.

When the grant is up in two years, the city will have four options, Carley said. Officials can keep the additional firefighters on staff, they could be retained to fill the ranks of retiring firefighters through attrition, the city could apply for a SAFER retention grant to continue funding their salaries or the four could be laid off.

"Two years from now, a decision will have to be made," City Administrator Todd Drysdale said. "Our hope is not to let them go. ... We don’t feel there is any significant downside for us right now, though, as the grant fully funds their positions for two years."

Councilman Daniel Galeski praised Carley for seeking the grant, saying it's some "of the better news that we’ve had in a long time."

Tom Skyler January 15, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Joe, the article states: "The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program. It's a part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program, which is a competitive grant process to help ensure that fire departments nationwide have the frontline firefighters they need to protect their communities." So its only for fireman, the city cannot use it toward police.
Jason Alley January 15, 2013 at 08:19 PM
That's correct, Tom. This particular grant is geared toward firefighters.
acroporless January 15, 2013 at 10:11 PM
The government is only spending taxpayers money that they collected and disburseing for what they want, grants are taxpayers money,
jc January 25, 2013 at 07:24 PM
thats a good thing. did over 2700 ems runs in 2012. saved more lives than arrested people.
jc January 25, 2013 at 07:33 PM
dont forget firefighters also work on the ambulance also. so when you get hurt doing something stupid, have a heart attack, dying, overdose on drugs, or have the sniffles and dial 911, they are the ones comming. look what happened in ecorse, river rouge, and detroit if you dont want to pay for firefighters.

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