August 15 2016
Burlington Fire Department to Receive FEMA Grant for Staff Increase
The Burlington Fire Department will be receiving federal money to help fund staffing increases.
On Tuesday the Office of Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) announced that a $578,112 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been awarded to the Burlington Fire Department. The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will allow for the department to bring four new firefighters onto the team.
“Our firefighters put their lives on the line for the people of Burlington,” said Moulton. “It’s critical that we ensure our local fire departments have the resources and staffing capacity they need to compete their important work, and this federal grant will better enable the Burlington Fire Department to provide critical emergency response services to our community.”
The news was well received by the department. The Burlington Fire Department being a career department applied for the grant under the category of hiring of firefighter.
“As you know it has been extremely difficult for many years for local fire departments to provide emergency response services to ever increasing call volume with limited and stagnant staffing levels,” said Burlington Fire Chief, Steven Yetman. “This is tremendous news for our town and our department. We’d like to thank Congressman Moulton for his efforts and continued support of public safety.”
SAFER grants are awarded to fire departments, national, state, local, or tribal organizations that represent the interests of volunteer firefighters.
During Monday night's Board of Selectmen meeting the members voted 5-0-0 to accept the funds. They also praised Chief Yetman and especially Assistant Chief Michael Patterson, who wrote and submitted the grant, for their work in saving the town money. The funds will help cover two years of salaries for four firefighters, positions the department and the town already wanted to fund in next year's budget warrant article.
"These things don’t just happen," Selectman Chris Hartling said. "I thank both of you for putting forth the effort to make it happen."