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Pawtucket Swears-in Eighteen Firefighters

New class of firefighters made possible by federal grant

Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed joined Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien to swear-in 18 new firefighters and promote two officers at City Hall. Funding for thirteen of the firefighters was made possible through a $2,448,938 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Competitive Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant supported by Senator Reed, Senator Whitehouse, Congressman Cicilline and Congressman Langevin.  

“I once again want to thank Senators Reed and Whitehouse along with Congressmen Cicilline and Langevin for supporting the City’s investment in our public safety needs,” said Mayor Grebien. “We have an excellent class of firefighters that will assist us in improving our public safety efforts and protect the health of our residents. I also want to extend my appreciation to the entire Department for dedicating themselves to serving our community.” 

"I want to offer my congratulations to Richard Taylor and Michael D'Amore whose hard work has earned them promotions, and welcome the eighteen new firefighters who are being sworn in today.  You have all chosen an important and noble profession, and I thank you for your dedication to serving this community.  I also want to thank Mayor Grebien, Chief Sisson, and Public Safety Director James Vartanian for their hard work and dedication to the department and the men and women who serve our community.  I was pleased to help secure federal founding to recruit, hire, train and retain firefighters and support Pawtucket's staffing needs," said Senator Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, who helped make $345 million available for Fire Grants and SAFER hiring grants in the latest Omnibus Appropriations law.

“Congratulations to the eighteen new firefighters who have earned a place on the Pawtucket Fire Department,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.  “As a result of a federal grant, these public servants are joining the ranks of the first responders who help keep the residents of Pawtucket safe.”

“Congratulations to the candidates sworn in today to bravely serve the City of Pawtucket,” said Congressman David Cicilline. “One of my most important responsibilities in Congress is making sure our communities and first responders have access to federal resources in support of public safety. I am grateful for the dedication of Pawtucket’s newest first responders, and proud that we able to help deliver federal resources to bring on 13 of today’s firefighters who help keep this community safe.”

“Federal support is critical to ensure our fire departments have sufficient personnel to safely and effectively protect our communities,” said Congressman Langevin, a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which oversees the SAFER grant program. “I am thrilled Pawtucket earned a SAFER grant last year, and I offer my sincere congratulations to the city’s eighteen new firefighters.”   

“Today is a proud day for the City of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket Fire Department as we promote two new officers and swear in 18 new firefighters to join our ranks,” said Fire Chief William Sisson.

“The new officers will provide leadership in their new roles and the firefighters will be an excellent addition to our department. I would like to thank the Mayor and the City for their commitment to the life safety of our citizens and firefighters. I personally would like to thank Senators Reed and Whitehouse along with Congressmen Cicilline and Langevin for their support and encouragement in securing a SAFER Grant that makes today possible.”

Fire Promotions:

Lieutenant Richard K. Taylor to Captain

Firefighter Michael A. D’Amore to Lieutenant

Individuals Sworn-in as Firefighters:

Jonathan J. Sundquist

Manuel Benevides

Kyle P. Hilbert

Patrick M. White

Stephen A. Gomes

Michael J. Standring

Jack R. Donahue

Michael S. Garcia

Andrew D. Santos

Core C. Laflamme

Nathan R. Duffy

Thomas A. Falowo

Joseph R. Santarpio

William J. Alfred

Corey-Patric McKenna

Spencer Rose

Adam L. Dauplaise

Robert M. Blease

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