City to rehire 38 firefighters

 May 20--It's been a great week for Akron firefighters.First, the fire union and city reached a tentative agreement Monday, the day before the two sides were scheduled to begin a state fact-finding process. Then, city and union leaders learned Wednesday...

Plusquellic said he hopes the city will be in a better financial position in two years and will be able to assume the cost of the 38 firefighters' salaries and benefits. Though the tentative agreement and SAFER grant announcement happened within days, the mayor said he's unaware of any correlation between the two.

Bunner praised the city's firefighters for stepping up while the department's strength was down. He noted that Akron, unlike other major cities, shut down no fire stations or companies during its shortage.

"They did their job," he said. "Was it harder? Yes. They're professional and they did it. I can't thank them enough."

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