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Firefighter jobs safe for two additional months

The 15 employed through the SAFER grant will continue to work for an additional 2 months. Photo credit: Bill hack

Katia Berg

November 7, 2016

Newly-employed firefighters approach a hazy future as grant money runs out.The $5.3 million SAFER grant employed 15 firefighters in 2014, but as money runs low the Fire Department must decide if staff has to be cut. Options were presented to City Council on Nov. 1, which included:-Option 1: Adding no add...

Fire department cuts personnel, 15 face layoffs

The 15 firefighters employed through the SAFER grant could lose their jobs as grant money dwindles. Photo courtesy of Bill Hack.

Katia Berg

October 31, 2016

Fifteen Chico firefighters face losing their jobs as federal grant funding is lost. In early 2014, a $5.3 million grant was approved by City Council to fund over a dozen positions for the Fire Department. In two years, the grant money diminished significantly, forcing local firefighters to come to th...

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