Larson Announces Federal Grant for Manchester to Hire Three Firefighters
Manchester, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that the South Manchester Fire Department will be receiving a $524,781 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant will provide financial support over 36 months to assist in the hiring and training for three new paramedic firefighter positions.
“Our firefighters risk their lives everyday protecting our communities. I am proud to have helped secure funding for the South Manchester Fire Department that will improve their services. Today’s grant will allow them to hire three new firefighters strengthening their team and increasing the safety of the community. As the son of a firefighter, I am proud to be a strong advocate for our first responders and the programs that support them. I congratulate Mayor Moran and Chief Billings for receiving this award,” said Larson.
“Our Washington representatives actively support first responders and the SAFER grant program administered by the Department of Homeland Security. We are truly grateful to the efforts of Congressman John Larson, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Senator Chris Murphy to assure us of this funding. This grant will directly improve the quality of emergency services that we provide for the citizens of Manchester,” said Fire Chief David Billings.
The SAFER program is designed to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards. FEMA determined that Manchester’s grant application was “consistent with the SAFER Grant Program’s purpose and worthy of award”.