WARREN - The firefighters hired under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R.) grant have received a reprieve from being laid off as a result of an extension granted by the federal government allowing the city to use money already granted to it.
"We have nearly $2 million of the original amount granted to us," Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said. "We asked the federal government for an extension to use that money."
Warren originally received a $4.9 million grant from U.S. Homeland Security that allowed it to hire 15 new firefighters and bring back 10 firefighters previously laid off.
The grant ended on Nov. 26.
City officials, however, planned on keeping the S.A.F.E.R. firefighters until the end of the year, before laying them off.
In the meantime, in addition to applying for an extension that would allow the city to use the money already approved, officials have applied for a new S.A.F.E.R. grant.
The city has not received word whether that has been approved.