Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $560K in Federal Funding to Protect NJ Firefighters

Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $560K in Federal Funding to Protect NJ Firefighters

Bayview, Bloomfield, Bordentown, New Milford, Plainfield, Woodbine, Woodbury Heights awarded grants

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $556,292 in federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) funding to improve safety and operations in local volunteer and professional fire departments across New Jersey.  The AFG program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Firefighters heroically put their lives on the line every day to protect us, and it is imperative that we provide them with the resources needed to help them safely perform their duties” said Sen. Menendez.  “I will continue to fight each day to bring funds back to New Jersey, because safe firefighters means safe communities.”

“The safety of our local communities is paramount, and no one understands this more than the brave men and women in New Jersey’s firehouses,” said Sen. Booker.  “I fought for these federal investments in training and the latest equipment to not only help keep our families safe, but to ensure the safety of our first responders while letting them know they will never stand alone.”

The following grants were awarded: 

  • $194,858      New Milford Fire Dept. (Bergen)

To improve operations and safety

  • $106,286      Woodbury Heights Fire Dept. (Gloucester)

To improve operations and safety

  • $100,000      Woodbine Volunteer Fire Dept. (Cape May)

To purchase new turnout gear and breathing apparatuses

  • $64,766        Plainfield Fire Division (Union)

To improve operations and safety

  • $59,602        Bordentown Twp. Fire Dept. (Burlington)

To purchase new rescue equipment, including extrication tools and airbags to lift vehicles and large objects

  • $17,143        Bayview Fire Company (Ocean)

To improve operations and safety

  • $13,637        Bloomfield Fire Dept. (Essex)

To improve operations and safety

 

Since it was established in 2001, New Jersey has received nearly $163 million in funding from the AFG program to enhance response capabilities, as well as to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel. 

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