Saginaw Fire Department’s SAFER Grant extended to September

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A grant for Saginaw’s Fire Department has been extended through September. The move is saving fifteen jobs.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant was scheduled to end June 30th, but was given a temporary extension.

Officials said they are applying for the grant again, hoping to keep the workers employed beyond September.

“We have not yet received word on our new SAFER grant. We’re very optimistic,” said Christopher Van Loo, the Saginaw Fire Chief. “But this is a positive thing for us to allow us to bridge that gap between July first and actually knowing if we’re going to get a new grant.”

Van Loo said without the grant the city may have to close two of its four fire stations.

He said the department currently employs 46 people and is in need of five more. However, they’re not hiring until they get confirmation on the new grant funding.