“The more we have on duty at a time, the safer it is,” Cotter said.
Having more firefighters will also cut down on overtime costs, he said.
The grant award was announced by Congressman John Tierney’s office. Tierney said cities and towns in his district have received nearly $1.5 million in grant funds, including the SAFER program.
“Local residents and businesses depend on the reliability of our fire departments and safety response teams,” Tierney said in a press release. “Ensuring that they are fully staffed and prepared is a top priority of mine, and I am pleased that the Beverly Fire Department will be receiving these funds to continue its important work keeping our community safe.”
Cotter credited Deputy fire Chief Peter O’Connor for writing the grant application that led to the award. Beverly has also received grants in recent years for a new fire boat and dive rescue team truck.
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