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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
City rehires five firefighters
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Courtesy Sen. Charles Schumer's office
Firefighters Chris Koehle, left, Alex Sharpe, Bryan Jones, Sen. Charles Schumer, Mike Seemann and Brian Olson at last Saturday’s press conference, where Schumer announced a grant to rehire the five firefighters.

  The goal of the SAFER grant program is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. The objective of the program is to award grants directly to volunteer, combination and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters, and to rehire firefighters who were laid off due to the economy. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need. 

  “We are very happy that our work with the city in applying for this grant was successful, and we are even more excited to have our five guys back,” said Local 287 President Billy Piazza. “Moving forward this will allow us to get back into the business of providing the services the city needs and deserves and is one more step closer to normalcy.”

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