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Medford awarded $1.5m grant to hire 8 firefighters

Posted by Matt Byrne  October 2, 2012 10:26 AM

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The City of Medford has been awarded a $1.468 million federal SAFER grant to hire eight new firefighters and pay them for two years, the city said.

The announcement comes days after the city swore in seven other firefighters at a City Hall ceremony.

"I would like to acknowledge Fire Chief Frank Giliberti for his outstanding efforts in putting together and submitting this grant to the federal government," said Mayor Michael J. McGlynn in a statement. "He did a great job in helping us to secure this funding for our fire department."

SAFER grants give cities and towns throughout the country funding to hire more firefighters than otherwise they would not be able to afford. A change in grant requirements now frees cities from keeping the firefighters on staff after the two-year grant period expires.

In a phone interview, McGlynn said that after a five-year hiring freeze in Medford he is eager to fill personnel lost to retirements. He also committed to keeping the eight firefighters on staff after the grant expires.

"It actually puts us ahead of the game so we can absorb those positions at the end of the two years," McGlynn said.

Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com.

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