Fire departments throughout Massachusetts are getting $20 million in federal stimulus funding to help stem budget shortfalls and rehire firefighters.
The state will receive $26 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding on top of the $45 million already awarded to police and fire departments across the commonwealth.
“These funds will help local police and fire departments keep professionals on the job, and the public’s safety preserved,” said Gov. Deval Patrick, in a prepared written statement.
About 112 firefighters have been laid off in 12 towns across the state and another 118 police officers have been laid off in 11 communities, according to the state.
Area fire and police departments need to apply for the funds by Aug. 21.
I know all government is local and we need fire and police, but I thought the stimulus was to create jobs? This is winding up to be just another tax. Tide goes up all boats rise.. Tide goes down just some boats go down??? Too simplistic?