Menendez, Lautenberg: Trenton Fire Department Receives $13.6 Million To Keep Firefighters on the Job
Federal Grant prevents massive layoffs for fire department
January 20, 2011
Newark – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today officially announced the Trenton Fire Department was awarded $13,685,436 in federal funding to prevent 61 firefighters from being laid off. The funding is made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The highly competitive SAFER grant program is designed specifically to staff departments with trained firefighters.
“These funds will allow Trenton’s fire department to retain 61 firefighters and ensure they’re adequately staffed to protect families in the community,” said Menendez. “Our brave firefighters don’t hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way in the line of duty. The very least we can do is ensure they have the manpower and resources necessary to safeguard our neighborhoods and themselves.”
Senator Lautenberg is Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that funds the SAFER grant program.
“This critical federal funding will help keep Trenton firefighters on the job to protect families and neighborhoods in our capital city,” stated Lautenberg, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee. “As cities and towns across the state struggle with tight budgets, I am working in the Senate to ensure that federal funding for public safety in New Jersey communities is a priority.”
The SAFER grant program provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained "front line" firefighters in their communities.
For more information about the program, please visit: http://www.firegrantsupport.com/content/html/safer/
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