Jersey City receives $8M grant to hire firefighters

JERSEY CITY - Jersey City has received a grant that will help its undermanned fire department.

Officials say the city's firehouses will see some new faces for the first time in years, thanks to an $8 million federal grant. They say the money will cover training, pay and benefits for 64 new hires for the next two years.

Mayor Jerry Healy says the firefighters are needed because the city had yet to replace more than 150 who had retired. He says another 60 senior firefighters are expected to leave the force within the next couple of years.

Some say that while the news is great for now, the city still remains in the midst of a budget crisis and they wonder what will happen when the two years is up.

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