SAFER grant funding recruit hires
The thirty recruits that started last week in Newark are all military veterans.
Eunice Lee, reporting for the Star-Ledger, provide details:
Last week, (Marine Lance Cpl. Jason) Crowell found his new line of work as part of the Newark Fire Department. He is one of 30 recruits — all military veterans.
Among them are four other Marines who were stationed with Crowell at Camp Fallujah in Iraq, about 40 miles west of Baghdad. The Marines have "always been one family. I’m sure the fire department’s going to continue (that)," said Crowell.
Not since after World War II has Newark’s fire department hired an all-veteran class, said fire director Fateen Ziyad.
The fire department is replenishing its ranks after major cutbacks in 2010 when budget cuts resulted in more than 70 retirements.
This latest group of recruits exhausted a $7.1 million federal grant awarded last April that, overall, has helped hire about 45 firefighters since the cutbacks, according to fire chief John Centanni.
The department worked with Veterans Affairs officials to select the 30 men, he said.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward
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