Menendez, Booker Announce $266,711 in Federal Funding for Local Fire Departments

Menendez, Booker Announce $266,711 in Federal Funding for Local Fire Departments

NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced $266,711 in federal grants to improve safety and operations and hire more firefighters in local fire departments across New Jersey. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) programs are administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“This federal funding is a great investment that will ensure New Jersey’s local Fire Departments have the tools, equipment, and resources necessary to operate more efficiently and safely while protecting communities across our state,” said Sen. Menendez. “Our brave first responders never hesitate to put their lives on the line each day and we must continue fighting to make certain they always have what they need to do their job safely and successfully.”

“I am grateful for the service New Jersey firefighters provide to communities throughout our state,” said Sen. Booker. “Securing additional federal funding for our state’s first responders is a priority of mine because they deserve the latest equipment, training and resources necessary to protect themselves while responding to emergencies.”

The following grants were announced:

• $19,753.00 (AFG) for Tuckerton Fire Company No. 1 (Ocean)
• $59,502.00 (AFG) for Hamilton Township Fire District 3 (Mercer)
• $32,762.00 (AFG) for Hampton Lakes Volunteer Fire Company (Burlington)
• $27,273.00 (AFG) for the City of Camden
• $45,455.00 (AFG) for Bayonne Fire Department (Hudson)
• $24,886.00 (AFG) for Magnolia Fire Company (Camden)
• $57,080.00 (SAFER) for the Union Fire Company No. 1 (Burlington)

The AFG program provides funding to enhance response capabilities, as well as to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel. The SAFER program seeks to increase the number of frontline firefighters, enhancing the ability of departments to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and assuring that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.