26 Portland firefighters get layoff notices

26 Portland firefighters get layoff notices

26 members of Portland Fire & Rescue received layoff notices under a new budget approved by the City Council.

Not all of the layoffs will take place if the city secures a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, which the council directed PF&R to research. But the rules for the grant were just released, and the council has not yet decided whether to apply for it.

“What we don’t know yet, is what strings are attached to the FEMA grant,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “The rules for the grant already have been delayed by months, and we’re just now finally seeing them. We want to read the rules carefully before we decide to apply. The devil’s in the fine print.”

Read more at The Portland Tribune.