FEMA throws lifeline to fire district squeezed by cuts

The East Contra Costa County Fire District will get $7.8 million from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.

The money will enable the cash-strapped department to reopen three fire stations and rehire 15 firefighters.

The cuts and layoffs were made on July 1 after voters rejected a tax measure that would have raised more money to maintain staffing levels.

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