NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- The City of Newburgh Fire Department received devastating news this week when it learned it had been turned down for a FEMA grant that would have helped pay the salaries of firefighters, according to Time Warner Cable News.
Fire Chief Michael Vatter announced Nov. 5 that 10 firefighters will be laid off by the end of this year, due to the denial, reported Time Warner Cable News.
In 2013, the department received a two-year grant for $2.4 million from FEMA, which led to the hiring of 15 new firefighters, without the grant funding, the department will no longer be able afford the extra firefighters, reported Time Warner Cable News.
The chief said, that while the layoffs won't affect response time, it will affect the number of firefighters available to show up at an incident, reported Time Warner Cable News.
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