Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $450,000 to Hire Firefighters in Howell Fire District

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $450,000 to Hire Firefighters in Howell Fire District

NEWARK - Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ)announced that Howell Fire District No. 1 will receive $450,000 in federal fundingto hirefirefighters through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

"New Jersey's first responders risk their lives to keep our communities safe, and this federal funding will help ensure thatHowell Fire District No. 1isadequatelystaffedandeven betterprepared for emergency situations,"said Senator Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the SAFER program."Protecting New Jersey communities is our first priority, andwewill continue working to providefederal resources for local fire departments."

"Keeping firefighters on the job is fundamental to protecting our communities and being prepared for emergencies,"said Senator Menendez."This federal funding going directly to the Howell Fire District No. 1 will help keep much-needed first responders working, keeping people and property safer as well as providing safer working conditions for emergency personnel. I proudly support the SAFER program and am committed to protecting this critical source of funding and fighting for our first responders as we begin the new legislative session."

As Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Lautenberg has worked to provide sufficient funding for the SAFER program. The SAFER grant program provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained "front line" firefighters in their communities.

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