On behalf of the Professional Firefighters of Bourne, we would like to thank Fire Chief Martin Greene, town administrator Thomas Guerino and the Bourne Board of Selectmen for their efforts in securing $1.2 million through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. These funds are available through a competitive grant process to fire/rescue departments that show a need for additional staffing.
The successful grant application, which allowed Bourne Fire/Rescue & Emergency Services to hire eight additional firefighter/paramedics, added two firefighter/paramedics per shift for a period of two years. This is at no cost to the taxpayers of the Town of Bourne. The additional staff is long overdue and increases our ability to effectively and efficiently respond to Bourne’s approximately 4,400 annual fire and medical emergencies.
We also want to specifically thank selectman Linda Zuern, selectman Peter Meier, and selectman Jerry Ellis. These leaders recently voted to support Chief Greene’s SAFER staffing plan. Their support allows us to staff the Pocasset Fire Station on Barlow’s Landing Road with an additional firefighter/paramedic. The Pocasset station is the only manned fire station south of the canal and houses a fire engine and the south side’s only ambulance. Having three highly trained firefighters staffing this station allows us to continue to deliver quick and efficient emergency services to the area. In addition to increasing our emergency response capabilities, the additional staffing is also assisting with keeping Bourne Fire/Rescue’s overtime costs at or below surrounding comparable communities.
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The Professional Firefighters of Bourne remain committed to providing the citizens and visitors to our community the best possible services and are happy to recognize these selectmen for their work in assisting us in this endeavor.
Shawn M. Silva
Professional Firefighters of Bourne