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Danbury mayor says no to SAFER

As municipal budgets are still being slashed, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program has become a life line for IAFF locals to retain adequate staffing levels.

Some politicians don’t see it that way.

Take for instance Danbury, Connecticut Mayor Mark Boughton, a “rising star” in Republican circles in the state and is viewed as a potential gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

The mayor recently rejected a $2.1 million SAFER grant because the “legacy” costs under the fire department’s old contract would be too expensive, he says.

Danbury fire fighters say this is a bunch of baloney. They say the mayor is trying to get back at them for not ratifying a new contract.

Danbury Professional Fire Fighters Local 801 president Lou DeMici says the issues are separate.

SAFER grants put 3,000 fire fighters to work last year. President Obama recently announced $320 million in federal funding for the SAFER program that would give preference to communities recruiting and hiring post 9/11 veterans.

In Danbury, 14 fire fighters could have been hired under the grant.

What do you think of Mayor Boughton’s decision to reject SAFER? Do his actions reflect a political friend or foe?

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  • Todd Bourgeois (Lafayette)

    2/15/2012 3:23:12 PM |

    the money awarded by safer to hire or rehire firefighters has nothing to do with contracts. this is just another example of a politician putting the citizens in danger , while persueing  a reckless and senseless agenda to please their national party.

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