Atlantic City’s laid-off firefighters can return to work in a few weeks. They’ll be joined by some new hires, as well. The 30 firefighters who were laid off last September will get back to work with help from a federal grant.
City Council yesterday approved a $9.7 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Companies closed due to reduced staffing will re-open.
The grant covers 51 salaries over two years, the Press of Atlantic City reports, including benefits and other pay except overtime. After the two-year mark, the department expects enough firefighters will have retired to retain the returned workers.
It’ll be a few weeks before the laid-off firefighters can return. They’ll have to go through physicals and driver’s license checks first. New hires can begin training after the six- to eight-week process of background checks.
It’s still up to the state to determine if the money is there to bring back the 43 laid-off police officers.