Menendez, Booker Announce $843K in Federal Funding for NJ Firefighters and EMS Providers

Menendez, Booker Announce $843K in Federal Funding for NJ Firefighters and EMS Providers


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today announced grant awards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program totaling $843,844 for nine New Jersey fire companies and emergency medical service (EMS) providers.  The funding will be used to invest in personnel training, protective equipment, fitness programs, modifications to facilities and supplies that support firefighting operations and safety.

“Our firefighters and EMS need to be able to respond safely and effectively when emergencies occur,” Sen. Menendez said.  “This federal funding will help give our first responders the tools that are necessary to protect our communities from dangerous situations, as well as themselves, and I will continue to fight for these federal programs that protect New Jersey’s emergency personnel.”

“Each and every day, brave first responders across New Jersey and our nation put their lives on the line to protect our communities when we need them most,” said Sen. Booker.  “This federal investment sends the message loud and clear that we will continue to fight and ensure our firefighters and EMS providers have the resources necessary to do their jobs efficiently while protecting themselves and our families.”

The fire departments and EMS organizations that received grants are:

  • Elwood Volunteer Fire Company (Atlantic)                            $22,858
  • West New York Emergency Medical Service (Hudson)          $9,760
  • Paramus Emergency Medical Services (Bergen)                   $13,637
  • Wallington Fire Department (Bergen)                                    $8,000
  • Burlington Township Fire District #1 (Burlington)                    $358,500
  • Willow Grove Fire Company (Salem)                                    $46,667
  • Upper Greenwood Lake Fire Department (Passaic)               $140,000
  • Monmouth Beach Fire Company (Monmouth)                       $161,755
  • Newfield Fire Department (Gloucester)                                 $82,667

The AFG program, which began in 2001, aims to provide funding to fire departments and EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities, as well as to allow them to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.