The $15 million, two-year fire Federal Emergency Management Agency grant helps to restore firefighter jobs lost a year ago because the city and fire union couldn't reach a deal on pay cuts needed to prevent layoffs.
Job cuts reduced the San Jose Fire Department force to about 650.
The San Jose Mercury News says the 22 laid-off firefighters return to work Friday. There was a rebadging ceremony on Thursday.
Congress members Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda joined city officials in lobbying FEMA for the two-year grant.