Menendez, Booker, LoBiondo Announce $21.5M Federal Grant to Retain 85 Atlantic City Firefighters

Menendez, Booker, LoBiondo Announce $21.5M Federal Grant to Retain 85 Atlantic City Firefighters

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced a $21,517,020 federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to retain 85 Atlantic City firefighters who were slated for layoff in the aftermath of the closings of four casinos last year.

“This federal funding will help ensure the Atlantic City Fire Department is adequately staffed and has the resources it needs to save lives and keep the community safe,” said Sen. Menendez. “This grant will keep 85 firefighters on the job and comes at a critical time when Atlantic City is grappling with tough economic times. I will continue to fight for federal resources to help Atlantic City rebound stronger than ever before.”

“Firefighters in Atlantic City and across New Jersey bravely put their lives on the line every day to protect their communities,” said Sen. Booker. “We owe it to them to fight to ensure that they have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively. This funding will be critical in ensuring that the Atlantic City Fire Department can continue its life-saving work.”

“This is certainly welcome news for Atlantic City, which has continued to make slow but steady progress after the closure of four casinos last year,” said Rep. LoBiondo. “This federal funding is critical for the men and women of the A.C. Fire Department to ensure public safety and continued response to emergencies. I appreciate and applaud the team effort of Senators Booker and Menendez along with Mayor Guardian and others to assist Atlantic City during these challenging times.”

The SAFER program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and 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.

“I am most appreciative of all the hard work and effort that has been going on behind the scenes with our Washington, D.C. delegation to help bring these tremendously needed funds to keep our firefighters on duty,” said Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. “We all know these are difficult economic times for Atlantic City, but when you get steadfast support from public servants like Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, and Congressman Frank LoBiondo, it makes it easier to continue to move our great city forward. I, as are all the residents of Atlantic City, very appreciative of all their efforts.”