Turn of River gets $2.9 million federal grant

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STAMFORD — The Turn of River Fire Department has secured a $2.9 million federal grant, Chief Frank Jacobellis announced Friday afternoon.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will allow the department to hire 24 career firefighters for two years. The department said it plans to work with the city to assimilate the new firefighters into Stamford’s fire services.

“This is the final piece of the puzzle in forming a viable combined fire system in the city of Stamford, which also gives us the opportunity to fully integrate the operation of our department with our neighboring communities to make everyone safer,” Jacobellis said in a news release.

The application process will be unveiled at a later date, Jacobellis said.

2 Responses

  1. Thomas Gavin says:

    What will happen when the grant runs out? If there is now one fire department in Stamford how can TOR receive their own SAFER Grant? Will a civil service exam be given to fill these positions or will the 24 be selected from the Cronie List?

  2. Jakes says:

    “This is the final piece of the puzzle in forming a viable combined fire system in the city of Stamford, which also gives us the opportunity to fully integrate the operation of our department with our neighboring communities to make everyone safer,” Jacobellis said in a news release.

    To me it looks like Turn of River is only thinking about ‘Turn of River’, and not the ‘City of Stamford’… Did you guys up there read about charter change where 2/3′s of the voters want all the fire departments in the city working together under one Chief? Guess you guys don’t read the paper…. Instead you spend your time wasting tax payers money…