The city has been using an $8.1 million federal grant to pay for more than two dozen firefighters.
After an extension in August, that money runs out on Feb. 23rd. To cover the costs. Mayor Rick Sollars says he was forced to send layoff notices to 26 firefighters Friday. The department employs 50 people.
"On February 9 another grant opens up," Sollars said. "We will absolutely apply for that grant. We talked to congresswoman Debbie Dingell today, she's also going to write a letter of recommendation on our behalf to help us successfully receive that grant. We'll also look at reducing some costs as well."
After the layoffs Sollars believes they'll have enough firefighters to cover the city - and they'll be relying on mutual aid from neighboring cities for any major emergencies.