Claremont grant will allow it to hire 3 firefighters for 2 years
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response or SAFER Grant for $552,264 was granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday.
The department has 19 full-time positions. The three new positions will be filled right way.
The fire department was downsized more than 10 years ago and never brought back up to its previous staffing level, Santagate said.
“In 2001 when I came up to the city, the budget was not sustaining, period. At that time, I laid off 21 fulltime employees of a staff of 138,” Santagate said, four of those were full-time firefighters.
The department plans to retain the new employees even after the two-year funding runs out, Santagate said.
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