Mayor William Lantigua
I’m happy to announce that working along side Senator John Kerry and Congresswomen Niki Tsongas, we were able to apply for an receive a Safer Grant for $6.6 million for the Lawrence Fire Department. The federal funding will allow the City of Lawrence to rehire firefighters who were laid off due to budget cuts in previous years. The funds will also allow us to hire additional positions that were lost under previous administrations.
The SAFER program provides approximately $420,000,000 in competitive grants to fire departments and statewide or local volunteer firefighter support groups. No less than ten percent (10%) of the funding must be awarded for Recruitment and Retention activities and no less than ten percent (10%) must be awarded to volunteer and/or mostly volunteer fire departments for hiring of firefighters. In addition, at least fifteen percent (15%) of the appropriated amount is set aside for the hiring of new firefighters.
I am thankful to all involved that helped write this grant and to all of our local, state and federal partners.