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Sandusky firefighters get reprieve from layoffs

Andy Ouriel • Mar 1, 2013 at 5:30 AM

The Department of Homeland Security recently allowed city officials to parlay unspent funds from a $1 million grant, subsidizing six firefighters’ salaries for the next 10 months.

Set to expire this month, the grant covered just two years of pay for six workers.


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Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci, however, didn’t hire six firefighters at once when he obtained the grant in March 2011. Conserving mone y translated into saving six jobs this year.

“We basically staggered the hires,” Ricci said. “The balance of $546,000 will maintain current staffing through December 2013.”


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