Menendez, Booker, Sires, Payne Announce $1.2M Federal Grant to Protect Jersey City Firefighters

Menendez, Booker, Sires, Payne Announce $1.2M Federal Grant to Protect Jersey City Firefighters

JERSEY CITY, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressmen Albio Sires (NJ-08) and Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), today announced the awarding of a $1,163,728 federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) to improve safety and operations in Jersey City.  The AFG program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

“There is no more selfless job than that of a firefighter. To most people, it defies all logic and reason to run into a burning building, but firefighters do it every day,” said Sen. Menendez. “Investing in firefighters is an investment our own safety and the safety of our families. This grant will help ensure Jersey City firefighters have the tools they need to protect themselves and keep their residents and community safe.”

“Today’s announcement is a testament to our efforts in supporting New Jersey’s first responders,” said Sen. Booker. “Ensuring that New Jersey’s fire departments can continue to operate efficiently and effectively in order to keep our residents safe will always be a top priority of mine.”

“We must do everything we can to protect those we depend upon to keep us safe,” said Rep. Sires. “This federal funding will help provide Jersey City firefighters with the training and equipment they need to do their jobs and keep the community safe.”

“Every day our firefighters take very real risks to keep us safe, and they deserve the training and equipment necessary to best protect themselves from harm,” said Rep. Payne, Jr. “This funding will enhance the safety and efficiency of the Jersey City Fire Department as they continue to ensure the well-being of our community.”

The Jersey City Fire Dept. intends to use the federal grant money to fund training and to purchase new personal protective gear for its firefighters, including new turnout coats and pants and boots that will fully meet new safety standards.

“Over the last two years, we’ve increased the number of fire companies operating in Jersey City to a record number,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said. “This grant will make sure that our firefighters have everything they need to keep themselves safe – and our city safe. Senators Menendez and Booker – and Congressmen Sires and Payne – deserve some serious applause for securing this grant.”

Since it was established in 2001, New Jersey has received $157.1 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. Today’s grant increases the JCFD’s total funding received from the AFG program to $3,686,334.

The Senators and Congressmen have also supported the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program which awards grants to local fire departments to hire, recruit and retain firefighters to ensure proper staffing levels to protect their citizens and communities. Since the program was created in 2003, $181.3 million in SAFER funding has been awarded to New Jersey fire departments, including $15,026,925 to Jersey City.