Yonkers trains 26 new firefighters

Two federal grants totaling more than $5 million have helped the Yonkers Fire Department avoid severe cutbacks.

A year ago, the city was facing a severe budget crisis, and the department was facing the closure of two stations and firefighter layoffs.

One federal grant has let the city bring on 26 firefighters who are being trained on equipment provided by another federal grant.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey and FEMA Regional Administrator Lynn Canton were at the county's Fire Training Center in Valhalla to watch the training.

While the fire department recruits now have jobs, the federal grants alone can not guarantee the city won't face another budget crunch in the future.

The Yonkers Fire Department will be back at full strength once the recruit training ends in October.

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