21 Laid-Off Cleveland Firefighters to be Recalled Thanks to FEMA Grant

The City of Cleveland was awarded a $3.5 million SAFER Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced mayor Frank G. Jackson, who said:

"On behalf of the City of Cleveland, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to FEMA for their continued assistance in providing vital resources for our city. These funds allow us to reduce the impact of State-imposed budget cuts and increase our ability to provide the quality fire suppression and prevention service that our residents deserve."

The grant will cover the cost the salary and benefits of 21 firefighters to be recalled for a period of two years. The city is hoping to re-hire the employees by July 11, 2011. 4 additional firefighters will also be recalled to cover retirements, making for a total of 25 to be reinstated.

24 firefighters will remain laid off and will be recalled through attrition or other grant funding opportunities.