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164 Detroit Firefighters will be laid off next month

Almost 20% of the firefighter workforce

Suzette Hackney, reporting in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit to lay off 164 firefighters, Bing says

The city of Detroit is laying off 164 firefighters by the end of July, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s office announced this afternoon.

The layoffs could be temporary, as the city hopes to secure a federal grant that would restore the jobs of 108 of those firefighters.

Still, there is no guarantee the city will be awarded the grant, Commissioner Don Austin said during budget talks this spring.

In the Fox 2 news report, Detroit Fire Department Layoffs Announced, the mayor says " … many of the remaining 56 firefighters will be recalled through attrition."

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

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