Federal Grant Saves 26 Portland Fire And Rescue Jobs

<p>Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens</p>

Oregon Public Broadcasting

A federal grant was awarded to the Portland Fire and Rescue Bureau. The grant will allow the bureau to maintain 26 firefighter jobs.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the city fire bureau a $4.5 million grant. It's intended to support firefighter positions for two years.

The jobs had been slated for elimination in the city's latest budget. Two fire and rescue stations were slated to shut down, too.

Erin Janssens is the Fire Chief at Portland Fire and Rescue. She says firefighting staff is relieved by the grant.

"Everybody is extremely pleased that we're able to continue to provide the level of service that Portlanders have come to expect from the Fire and Rescue Department," Janssens says.

Janssens says 165 firefighters are on duty at this point.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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