Lawrence (MA) Fire Department Gets $6.6M in Aid

The struggling Lawrence (MA) Fire Department will receive a $6.62 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant from the United States government that will allow the city to rehire all of its laid-off firefighters and even add new positions.

The grant, which will be paid over two years, will allow Lawrence to rehire the 23 firefighters laid off since June and to employ 15 more to replace those who have retired recently or have left on disability, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Brian Murphy, the city’s interim fire chief, said he was grateful for the support and glad the city’s service would be restore to its baseline level.

The department was so stressed by the staffing deficit that 10 communities had to provide aid during a three-alarm fire in Novemeber 2010.

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