Menendez, Booker, Norcross Announce $5M to Hire More Firefighters in Camden

Menendez, Booker, Norcross Announce $5M to Hire More Firefighters in Camden

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressman Donald Norcross today announced that the City of Camden Fire Department has been awarded a federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant of $5,240,424 to hire 27 new firefighters.  Administered by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), SAFER grants can be used to retain, recruit and hire full-time firefighters.

“This federal grant will ensure the City of Camden Fire Department is adequately staffed and ready to respond when an emergency strikes,” said Sen. Menendez.  “As the city continues to move forward and attract new people, this federal investment is vital to the safety and wellbeing of families and businesses who call Camden home.”

“Providing New Jersey’s local fire departments the necessary federal resources to maintain adequate staffing levels is critical to ensuring the safety of our first responders as well as the communities they protect,” said Sen. Booker.  “As Camden continues to experience growth and attract more businesses and families, it’s more important than ever that we continue to invest in public safety through federal grants like this.”

"This federal grant will help the Camden Fire Department hire needed personnel and provide the highest level of service to the community when emergencies arise,” said Rep. Norcross. “With new businesses continuing to choose Camden and hire local residents, this funding is more welcome news for the city's turnaround."

“Thanks to the hard work of Senators Menendez and Booker and Congressman Norcross, the City has been able to secure a federal SAFER grant that will allow us to hire new firefighters,” said Mayor Dana L. Redd.  “Keeping our families safe will always be a top priority for me and the addition of new firefighters will help build on the positive public safety momentum and gains we have made in the City.”

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.

Additionally, DHS also awarded today the Woodland Volunteer Fire and EMS Inc. in Chatsworth, Burlington County a $545,030 SAFER grant to enhance the department’s recruitment efforts.