Dennis Fire Department Fills New Positions
The Dennis Fire Department was recently awarded a $1.3-million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the federal government for the hiring of 8 new firefighters. In addition, the Department will be adding a firefighter/ paramedic to fill a current vacancy. The Department provides both fire and EMS capabilities so—on top of being firefighters—the new hires have to be emergency medical technicians or paramedics as well. The Firefighter/EMT’s are Matthew Conlon, Daniel DiMatteo, Samuel Dunford and Nicholas Pedini. The Firefighter/Paramedics are James Gonneville, Michael Demoracski, Robert Hooper, Anthony Muniz and Robert Reardon Jr. The new positions will officially take effect on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
The SAFER grants are designed to help fire departments increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The 3-year grant pays 75% of the new-hire employment costs for the first and second year, and 35% for the third. The community picks up the total cost thereafter. For the grant to be awarded, the community must accept those terms and Dennis voters did just that at a special town meeting on October 17, 2017, after unanimous recommendations by the Dennis Board of Selectmen and Dennis Finance Committee.
In addition to the nine new fulltime firefighters the department has added Renee Riker of Dennis to the call department.
The addition of these new firefighters meet the fire departments goals as recommended in the Fire Department Strategic plan and the Board of Selectmen’s Goals on its overall review of Public Safety staffing demands for the Town of Dennis.
Pictured (l-r): Fire Chief Mark Dellner, Selectman Paul McCormick, Town Administrator Elizabeth Sullivan, and Assistant Town Administrator Taylor Cobb.