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Phoenix wins grant to hire more firefighters

Phoenix wins grant to hire more firefighters

CREATED Aug 12, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 12, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) The city of Phoenix has won a $4.4 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to hire 28 full-time firefighters for positions eliminated as part of more than $80 million in cuts.

City officials tell The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/OaLRdb) that the grant money will be used to help the Fire Department staff its emergency units in accordance with national fire-protection standards.

Phoenix received a similar $6.8 million grant last year to hire 42 firefighters.

The department has lost positions in recent years due to attrition.

City officials have said that they need help to maintain four-man engine crews.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com