The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is awarding $519,744 in grant money to the Village of Larchmont to support the hiring of three firefighters for two years, according to federal officials.
The funding is part of the SAFER grant program – the Staffing for Adequate Firefighter Emergency Response.
“In these difficult budgetary times, this SAFER grant has allowed the Village of Larchmont to plan its future Fire Department needs," said Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews. "Many thanks to all who helped in this endeavor.”
The goal of any SAFER grant is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards, according to U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel.
“I appreciate the efforts of all our representatives in Congress did for us in securing the grant," said Larchmont Fire Department Captain John Caparelli. "It will help us dramatically in staffing for the fire department. We will be able to provide more manpower to provide services to Larchmont. This is really going to be a benefit to Larchmont.”