Menendez, Booker Announce $8.3M in Federal Grants for NJ Fire Departments

Menendez, Booker Announce $8.3M in Federal Grants for NJ Fire Departments

Funding to Improve Safety, Operations in Lincoln Park, Mannington, Voorhees, Westampton, Absecon, Hardyston

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a combined $8,275,362 in federal grants to hire more firefighters and improve safety and operations 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).

“These federal grants will help ensure New Jersey fire departments are adequately staffed and our firefighters properly equipped to protect both themselves and the communities they serve,” said Sen. Menendez. “Our first responders put their lives on the line each day and we must make certain that they have the resources they need to save lives.”

“Today is a great day for several of New Jersey’s fire departments,” Sen. Booker said. “These grants will go a long way toward making sure that there is adequate staffing in our fire departments and that our first responders obtain much-needed equipment and training - all critical and necessary to protect our communities. I am grateful for all our first responders do and will keep advocating by any means that I can to ensure they have every resource they need to do their jobs and save lives."
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.

The following SAFER grants were awarded:

• $7,498,372 Paterson Fire Dept. (Passaic)
To hire 49 firefighters (adding 32; replacing 17 lost through attrition)

• $372,000 Westampton Fire Dept. & Emergency Services (Burlington)
To hire three new firefighters

The following AFG grants were awarded:

• $151,223 Lincoln Park Fire Dept. (Morris)
For safety and operations

• $142,858 Mannington Fire Dept. (Salem)
For the purchase of a new ambulance

• $66,667 Westampton Fire Dept. & Emergency Services (Burlington)
For new personal protective (turnout) gear

• $16,000 Absecon City Fire Co. No. 1 (Atlantic)
For new radio equipment

• $15,513 Voorhees Fire District (Camden)
For safety and operations

• $12,729 Hardyston Twp. Fire Dept. (Sussex)
For safety and operations

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.