Wednesday 30 November 2022
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Syracuse Fire Department to Receive $2 Million Federal Grant for New Hires

By Staff


Fire DeptU.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced the Syracuse Fire Department will receive $2 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, in order to hire 12 new firefighters.

“We see every day the heroic work done quietly by our firefighters in the city of Syracuse,” Mayor Stephanie Miner stated. “Keeping a strong force is an integral part of our public safety.”

According to the department, they are in critical need of recruits, and could have 20 firefighters retiring in the next two years.

City officials said they planned to hire the new firefighters, whether they received the grant or not, but it would have taken money away from upgrading fire and rescue trucks, according to a press release.

“The men and women of the Syracuse Fire Department are our first line of defense,” Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated. “It is crucial that we ensure that these local heroes have the staff and material resources they need to do their jobs. Bringing on a dozen new firefighters will allow them to answer residents’ calls for help as quickly and effectively as possible. Nothing is more important than the safety of our families. That’s why I’m keeping up the fight to secure the resources our local fire departments need to continue serving their communities.”

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), established by FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security, was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities.

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