Menendez, Lautenberg Announce More than $1.5 million for First Responders in Mercer County and Cranbury Township

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce More than $1.5 million for First Responders in Mercer County and Cranbury Township

Newark - U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced thatemergency service departments in Mercer County,along with the Cranbury Township Volunteer Fire Company in Middlesex County,willreceive$1,570,569 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.This regional grant is dedicated to increasing communication and interoperability among27 emergency services departments in the region.

Through this funding, first responders will be equipped with new GPS and mobile communications technology to work with other public agencies and emergency services in nearby counties in real time. Thistechnologywill upgradethe Mercer County region's public safety network and help first responders communicate and react to emergencies.

"The safety of New Jersey families is our top priority, so it's crucial that our emergency services providers have the equipment they need,"said Senator Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG program."This federal grant will help local police officers, firefighters, andother first responders work together in emergency situations to keep Mercer County families safe and secure."

"Tough budget times call for tough cuts and tough decisions, but one thing we must continue to fund without question are investments in training, equipment and heath programs for our first responders,"said Senator Menendez."New Jersey firefighters put their lives on the line every time they answer a call to protect our families and our communities. It's our responsibility to make sure they have all the resources they need to carry out their job safely."

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