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Philly To Get 3 Firefighting Companies, Biden to Announce Federal Funding this Monday

Philly To Get 3 Firefighting Companies, Biden to Announce Federal Funding this Monday

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: President Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia this Monday. As per the White House, the reason for the visit is to announce federal funding for the city.

The funding will reopen three fire companies in the city. He is expected to meet the firefighters as well.

The Great Recession led to the decommissioning of Engine 6, Ladder 1, and Ladder 11 companies. Leaders of the union have claimed that the city’s response to a fatal rowhouse fire in the Fairmount neighborhood last year was hindered by the budget cuts. Nine children and three adults perished in the fire.

According to the White House, Philadelphia would get $22.4 million to cover the wages and benefits of 72 firefighters for three years. The funds will be flowing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, which was allocated funding by the previous year’s budget.

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and U.S. Fire Administrator Lori Moore-Merrell are also expected to be present at the event on Monday.

Additionally, Biden is in Philadelphia for political reasons. In the city, he has a campaign fundraiser planned.

In anticipation of a potential rematch with Republican former President Donald Trump in 2019, the Democratic president is increasing his fundraising.

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