22 San Jose firefighters were reinstated

Twenty-two San Jose firefighters have been reinstated thanks to money from a federal grant.

July 16, 2011 12:37:42 AM PDT
Twenty-two San Jose firefighters have been reinstated with money from a federal grant. A group of firefighters came back to the job in an official welcoming ceremony on Friday.

In all, 47 firefighters were laid off last year, but the other 27 have found other jobs. Their positions will be filled by new hires.

But the joy here didn't extend to residents of the Communication Hill neighborhood. Their Fire Station 33 was the only one completely shot down last year and the federal funds will not be used to reopen that station.

"I was really hoping that given the vulnerability that we have up here that sure, they would recognize that and they would try to fill that station with bodies as they promised. Again, disappointed," said Communication Hill resident Sharonda Faison.

For now, Stations 13 and 18 are charged with responding to Communications Hill. However, it is not the answer that those residents wanted.