Menendez, Booker, Pascrell Announce $1.5M to Hire New Firefighters Across NJ

Menendez, Booker, Pascrell Announce $1.5M to Hire New Firefighters Across NJ


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09) today announced a combined total of $1,424,356.50 in federal funding to support several fire departments throughout New Jersey. The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program supports the hiring of career firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

“Investing in our firefighters is an investment in our own safety and the safety of our families,” said Sen. Menendez.  “This federal funding will help provide the necessary staffing so our local fire departments are fully prepared to respond to the next emergency, whether that be a house fire, natural disaster, or man-made disaster.”

“It’s important that we do everything in our power to support and retain New Jersey’s firefighters and first responders,” said Sen. Booker. “We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude, and these federal investments will help six New Jersey departments hire, recruit, and retain volunteer firefighters, strengthening the quality of our state’s emergency services.”

“When we first wrote the SAFER Act, our priority was to provide support for our firefighters as many communities continue to face increasingly challenging budget cuts. That priority remains paramount today. With these federal awards, our dedicated firefighters in Englewood and Lyndhurst will be able to bolster their already stellar teams and continue to effectively protect our communities,” said Rep. Pascrell. “It is not lost on me that the day we announce this federal award is exactly eighteen years after hundreds of brave first responders perished in the September 11 attacks. Today, of all days, we remain grateful for the service and sacrifices made by our firefighters, police, and emergency personnel. This federal aid is a necessary and life-saving token of that gratitude.”

The following fire departments received SAFER grant awards:

  • $607,658.40 – Englewood (Bergen)
  • $458,119.20 – Dover (Morris)
  • $194,978.90 – Robbinsville (Mercer)
  • $86,000 – Stockton (Hunterdon)
  • $67,400 – Lyndhurst (Bergen)
  • $10,200 – Park Ridge (Bergen)

Since 2006, New Jersey has received more than $251 million in SAFER funding.

Last summer, Sen. Menendez and Rep. Pascrell celebrated the passage of their Firefighter Cancer Registry Act at an Englewood firehouse. $1 million in federal funding was appropriated last year to implement the cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with the deadly disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) registry will allow researchers to monitor and study the relationship between career-long exposure to dangerous fumes and toxins and the incidence of cancer in firefighters to determine if there is a link, and to develop better protective gear and prevention techniques.