Alabama Dept. May Give Up $100K Grant

The fire department in Saraland, Alabama may end up giving up all or part of their successful FIRE Act Grant award of $100,031 because the mayor and some city council members are concerned about future costs, unfunded in this award.

The grant, awarded in the Fire Prevention category in round eleven, according to the Saraland Fire Department will be used partially for a trailer designed to teach children and the elderly how to respond during fires or severe weather.

In addition, the successful application said the money would be used to provide two personnel to take the trailer around for teaching purposes. The employment of those two people, probably certified firefighters, has Mayor Ken Williams and the majority of the city council concerned.

The economy, the mayor said, has caused the city through attrition to eliminate some city worker positions and at the same time allow for modest raises for those remaining. "We just don

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