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Auburn City Council approves fund transfer for firefighter training

At its meeting last week, the Auburn City Council approved a budget transfer that will allow the Auburn Fire Department to conduct a training academy at its new fire station.

Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says the cost will be paid for primarily with a federal SAFER grant.

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SAFER grants provide financial assistance to help fire departments increase their cadre of frontline firefighters or to rehire firefighters that have been laid off, and to recruit and/or retain volunteer firefighters. Mason says because of the lack of openings at other fire training facilities, the city would have to waited months to get the seven new firefighters trained. The new fire station was funded in part by the $10 million in Downtown Revitalization funds the city received. The station also houses the Cayuga County Emergency Operations Center. It opened last October.

Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.