Phoenix firefighters prepare for a drill.
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PHOENIX - Despite recent budget cuts to the City of Phoenix, a grant in the amount of $4.4 million was recently awarded to the city to help hire more firefighters.
According to a news release, the city has suffered $80 million in budget cuts over the last five years, affecting both personnel and services.
The $4.4 million grant awarded by The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) will allow Phoenix Fire to hire 28 more firefighters that will strengthen their automatic/mutual-aid system.
The new hires will help Phoenix maintain the number of response units needed to be in accordance with National Fire Protection Association codes, according to the news release.
They will directly support the City of Phoenix's primary and secondary areas throughout the system.
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