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Grant, city funds pays for new Detroit firefighters' gear

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DETROIT (AP) -- A $1.75 million Federal Emergency Management Authority grant is helping to pay for new protective gear for Detroit firefighters.

Detroit Fire Commissioner Don Austin says 645 sets of fire-resistant coats and pants are ready for distribution. Another 332 sets of gear are expected in about six weeks

The city of Detroit kicked in $965,000 to help pay for the gear.

The funding also paid for 100 automatic defibrillators that will be used to respond to heart attacks and other heart-related emergencies.

Mayor Dave Bing says in a release that it's imperative that city firefighters "are well-equipped to do their job."

The city also received more than $28 million from FEMA this year that prevented layoffs to 108 firefighters and allowed 26 laid off firefighters to be rehired.

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