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Saginaw takes up cuts to city fire department

May 17, 2015

The Saginaw fire department faces deep cuts in a proposed budget going before the city council Monday night.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The budget calls for laying off 13 firefighters, reducing the department from 51 to 38 officers. Two of Saginaw’s four fire stations would also close.

An expiring federal grant is the reason for the cuts. 

A $2 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant expires next month. The city has applied for a renewal. But they don’t expect to hear back until this summer.

Without knowing if they will get the grant, Saginaw city officials have to budget accordingly.