MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The full-time staff the Muskegon Heights Fire Department will soon double in size thanks to a large federal grant. The department will add eight new firefighters this spring.
A nearly $1-million grant will pay for the staff. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to help departments maintain 24-hour staffing.
"It is a two year utilization period; we actually have a 60 to 90 day waiting period, so we expect to fill these positions at least by May first," said Muskegon Heights City Manager Natasha Henderson.
The positions will be posted soon. The only other Michigan community to receiving a similar grant is in Benton Township.