FEMA throws lifeline to fire district squeezed by cuts

August 24, 2012 5:32:46 PM PDT
Deep cuts that closed fire stations and laid off firefighters in eastern Contra Costa County several weeks ago will be reversed thanks to a multi-million dollar federal grant.

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.