eKalb County officials say they don't believe their decision to dismiss 82 firefighting recruits will cost them a $3 million federal grant.
The county recently received a $3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to hire emergency staff.
The cuts reduce the total number of DeKalb County firefighters from 915 to 715. County officials say the cuts come from ambulances and the number of firefighters on trucks will not change, making the county still eligible to keep the money.
Officials say releasing the recruits is expected to save the county $5 million.
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