Malden’s state legislative delegation, including Senator Jason Lewis and Representatives Paul Donato, Paul Brodeur, and Steve Ultrino, is pleased to announce that the City of Malden has been awarded more than $229,000 in state grant funding through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s “Massachusetts Municipal Public Safety Staffing Grant” program.
A sum of $150,385 has been allotted to the Malden Fire Department, and $78,663 will go toward the Malden Police Department, totaling $229,048. The grants are awarded to help municipalities maintain public safety and emergency response services. The funds may be used to restore, retain, or hire police and fire personnel, or for overtime if needed to provide adequate shift coverage to maintain appropriate staffing levels.
“Thank you to our state delegation for helping to secure these funds,” said Mayor Gary Christenson. “This will assist our public safety officials to maintain the quality level of service they provide to our residents.”
“The vigilance and community-mindedness of Malden’s Fire and Police Departments are examples for communities across the Commonwealth,” said Senator Jason Lewis. “I’m pleased that the state is making these funds available to help maintain the Departments’ staffing levels and continue their exemplary service to the community.”
“Public safety staffing is always a concern,” said Representative Paul Donato. “This grant will assist the staffing levels of both the police and fire departments in Malden.”
“I am pleased that the state has recognized the importance of public safety at the community level and is partnering with Malden to ensure adequate staffing,” said Representative Paul Brodeur.
“Our Fire and Police Departments do great work protecting our city, whether it’s responding to emergencies and 9-1-1 calls, or running programs to promote fire prevention, build relationships between residents and our first responders, and improve public safety,” said Representative Steve Ultrino. “These state grants will go a long way toward supporting these efforts, and will help the City of Malden sustain our excellent public safety efforts.”