The City of Lawrence Fire department has been awarded a $6.6 million grant of Homeland Security funds to rehire laid-off firefighters and perhaps add some new firefighter positions. The announcement was made this evening by US Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.
From the Eagle-Tribune:
The Lawrence Fire Department will receive a two-year. $6.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to rehire 23 firefighters who were laid off due to budgetary cutbacks last year, it was announced tonight…
“This is excellent news for the City of Lawrence,” said Tsongas. “These grant funds will allow the City to hire back many of the firefighters who lost their jobs due to budgetary cuts and will provide greater safety and security for Lawrence residents. Our local communities deserve an engaged federal partner, especially during these difficult economic times, which is why my office worked closely with the City to identify and secure these needed funds.”
Read the full article here at the EagleTribune.com: http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x233965178/Lawrence-awarded-6-6M-in-Homeland-Security-funds-to-rehire-firefighters