JC welcomes new firefighters

By Matt Hicks
By Justin Andrews

JC welcomes new firefighters

March 19, 2013 Updated Mar 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City leaders welcome some new additions to their fire department.

Four firefighters have been hired using money from a grant program designed to help emergency response crews, while a fifth firefighter was hired using the village's own coffers.

Back in October, Johnson City received nearly $1.3 million from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

Nearly $137,000 in will be paid out each year for the four grant-funded firefighter's salaries.

But according to Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie, the future is uncertain once the grant program is over in two years.

"They know it's a two-year program, that if there is no spots through attrition, guys retiring, they will probably be let go if we can't afford to keep them at that point," said Deemie.

Deemie, however, remains confident that there will be at least a few positions open for these new hires when the time comes, with several people on the force already with 20 years of service.