Speak Up: Dover to weigh federal funding for more firefighters


The city could soon seek federal funding to hire paid firefighters amid volunteer recruitment struggles, depending on the outcome of a council vote. Council members will vote whether to authorize Dover Fire Department Chief David Carey and city manager Dave Hugg to seek funding for five staff firefighter positions to supplement the department’s volunteer force. The federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants would fully fund the positions up to four years, including the cost of health benefits.

  • Is the city going to a paid department? How much will this cost the residents in property taxes? I moved here from Philly because I couldn’t afford the property taxes. Now, I am going back to square one if this happens. Wow. — Charlie Williams
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