St. Louis officials to cut fire department positions Friday to get federal grant - KMOV.com

St. Louis officials to cut fire department positions Friday to get federal grant

(KMOV) -- St. Louis City Officials are expected to vote to cut 30 St. Louis Fire Department positions around 2:00 p.m. Friday in order to get a federal grant, which will save the positions.
 
The grant money comes from FEMA and is called “Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response” or “SAFER.”
 
St. Louis will receive $3.2 million and will last for two years.
 
Mayor Slay’s Office says the fire pension costs have been rising and they city’s bank account could not handle the expense.
 
FEMA says the goal of the “SAFER” grants is to rehire laid off firefighters and to retain firefighters who may be laid off.

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