Menendez, Booker Announce Over $1 Million for 4 New Jersey Jersey Fire Departments

Menendez, Booker Announce Over $1 Million for 4 New Jersey Jersey Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ.) today announced over $1 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support NJ firefighters in Hunterdon, Burlington and Camden counties.  The grants will be used to enhance safety operations in the departments, as well as purchase new equipment, including a new firetruck in Laurel Springs, and heavy-duty personal protective equipment washer/dryers in Gloucester.

The Laurel Springs Fire Department is decommissioning an old 1987 rescue pumper truck and purchasing a new one that will be capable of putting out fire, handling auto accidents, and rescuing people stuck in auto accidents. In Gloucester, they are purchasing heavy-duty washer/dryers to clean their protective gear and uniforms in-house so they don’t have to use professional cleaners, thus saving money for the Department.

“Utilizing outdated equipment only hinders Firefighters’ relentless work to keep our communities safe,” said Sen. Menendez. “I work hard to ensure New Jersey’s firefighters have the critical resources they need because New Jerseyans deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing their fire departments are properly equipped to respond to emergencies. I am so thankful for what our firefighters do for us, and I will continue to fight to make sure they have everything they need to stay safe and keep us safe.”

“When emergencies arise, it’s the brave men and women in New Jersey’s local firehouses on the front lines that protect our communities,” said Sen. Booker.  “In order to ensure our firefighters can keep themselves and our families safe, we must ensure they have access to the latest equipment and training through critical federal investments like this.”

The Assistance for Firefighters Grants (AFG) program supports state fire departments, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations and fire training academies in ensuring the growth and advancement of their ability to protect the well-being and safety of all New Jerseyans as well as first-responder personnel.

The following departments received AFG awards:

  • $310,455 – Raritan Township Fire Company (Hunterdon)
  • $6,858 – City of Gloucester (Camden)
  • $111,429 – Westampton Fire Department and Emergency Services (Burlington)
  • $641,905 – Laurel Springs Fire Department (Camden)