Menendez and Lautenberg Announce Opening of Application Period for Firefighters Assistance Grants

Menendez and Lautenberg Announce Opening of Application Period for Firefighters Assistance Grants

FY 2011 Application Period Opens Monday August 15 and Closes Friday September 9, 2011

Washington - Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that the application period begins Monday, August 15 for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).

"This grant programs provides a terrific opportunity for our local fire departments and emergency service organizations to secure additional funding for training, equipment, personal protective equipment, health programs, and other needed support," said Senator Menendez. "I will continue to fight for the resources our brave firefighters need not only to protect the public, but to ensure their own safety."

"New Jersey's firefighters are ready to roll at the sound of the alarm and we must be certain they have the best equipment and training available. These grants can help firefighters operate safely and effectively and I urge departments in our state to apply for this federal funding," said Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG grant program. "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 remains a priority.

Senators Menendez and Lautenberg have always been a strong supporter of firefighters and programs to support their efforts. They have especially advocated on behalf of AFG to ensure firefighters have the tools and resources they need so they can effectively protect the health and safety of the public and their emergency responses personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards. Since the Senator was elected in 2006, there have been a total of 638 grants awarded to NJ fire departments through AFG. This equals a total amount of $64,044,639 to New Jersey.

The FY 2011 DHS Appropriations Act provides $404,190,000 for the AFG Program and authorizes the Department to help fire departments and nonaffiliated Emergency Management Service organizations meet their firefighting and emergency response needs. Grant guidance for this program will be available at www.grants.gov, and at http://www.fema.gov/firegrants/afggrants/index.shtm.

In addition, the "Get ready Guide" (available at http://www.fema.gov/pdf/firegrants/Get_Ready_Guide.pdf ) may also be useful for potential applicants to answer questions and to help prepare grant applications.

For additional information, please visit www.fema.gov/grants or contact Chris Rizzuto at (202) 786-9450, Andrew White at (202) 646-3183, or Mike Cappannari at (202) 447-5457.

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