Salem chief says ladder truck grant unattainable
On Monday night, Breen addressed selectmen about why the department is not applying for a federal grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to pay for a new ladder truck.Breen said the grant process is incredibly competitive, and by applying for funds for the ladder truck, it would prevent the department from applying for other grants for equipment.This year’s town budget includes $1.2 million for a new ladder truck to replace the current truck, a 1999 vehicle stationed in South Salem.
In 2012, Breen said there were only eight grants approved across the country for vehicles over $700,000. He also noted that last year, Salem was awarded $64,000 for new defibrillators.
“My professional opinion is that we should not apply for a million dollar grant to pay for a ladder truck that we have a poor chance of receiving when another grant would have a better chance of being approved,” said Breen.
Selectman Stephen Campbell said he raised the question of the federal grants after reading about Manchester and Windham applying for money for emergency vehicles.
Selectmen voted 4-0-1 to support Breen, with Campbell email@example.com
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