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FEMA throws lifeline to fire district squeezed by cuts
Deep cuts that closed fire stations and laid off firefighters in eastern Contra Costa County several weeks ago will be reversed thanks to a multi-million dollar federal grant.
The East Contra Costa County Fire District will get $7.8 million from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.
The money will enable the cash-strapped department to reopen three fire stations and rehire 15 firefighters.
The cuts and layoffs were made on July 1 after voters rejected a tax measure that would have raised more money to maintain staffing levels.
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