The grant was recently announced by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's office. Meranti said the other departments had to confirm their commitment to participating in the matching grant process before it was assured.
The hiring of eight new firefighters through a safer grant is helping curb overtime.
For years the overtime budgets for both the Police Department and the Fire Department have been underfunded, leaving a deficit that needs to be made up at the close of the fiscal year every year. This year, however, the city won a federal grant to bring on eight new firefighters and with that, overtime had dropped dramatically.