The City of Flint has received a nearly $4 million grant to help with public safety.

According to a statement from Congressman Dan Kildee, the $3.7 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant will allow the city to hire back laid off firefighters. Kildee, who advocated for the grant, said he was "pleased by the news that the City of Flint will receive SAFER grant funds to increase public safety" adding that "fire protection services are crucial to ensuring Flint's recovery."

An official announcement is expected at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) when Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Fire Chief Raymond Barton hold a news conference.