Coronavirus: Dayton will not pursue federal grant to pay for firefighters

May 27, 2020

DAYTON — City administration will not apply for a federal grant that would provide funding for more firefighters because of the economic strain on city finances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said Wednesday afternoon.

Last year, Dayton voters approved a charter amendment that would allow the city to apply for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

“It is disappointing that we are unable to apply for this grant at this time,” Dickstein said.

“Last year, when we asked voters to approve the charter amendment we had no idea a pandemic would devastate our community and upend our finances. Without a clear picture of what the total impact will be from the COVID-19 depression, it would be unwise to move forward with our application,” she said.

The SAFER grant provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help increase or maintain trained firefighters in the community.

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