(WXYZ) - The office of Michigan Senator Carl Levin has announced the city of Detroit will receive a $22.5 million grant that will help prevent the layoff of more than 100 firefighters
The move comes just days after the city announced plans to lay off 164 firefighters are it struggles to close its budget deficit.
The grant comes to the city by way of the Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program. Known as SAFER, the program provides grants that help keep local fire departments from becoming understaffed.
In a news release announcing the grant Levin said, "It is vital that we maintain the fire protection our citizens need, even during times of tight budgets. This grant will help keep firefighters on the job and protecting the people of Detroit."
The city of Detroit has not yet commented on the announcement.
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