Menendez, Lautenberg Announce More than $500,000 For New Jersey Fire Departments

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce More than $500,000 For New Jersey Fire Departments

Newark - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announcedthat three New Jersey fire departments have received more than $500,000 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. These grants allow local fire departments to make crucial investments in training, equipment, and health programs.

"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."

"New Jersey's firefighters need the best tools and training available for emergency situations. This funding will helpbest prepare our local firefighters forthe dangers they face on the job,"said Senator Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG program."Our first responders keep New Jersey's families safe and secure, so it's vital that they receive the funding and support needed to get the job done."

The federal grants have been awarded to the following departments:

·Clifton Fire Department -$429,040 for operations and safety

·Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Company -$52,383 for operations and safety

·Magnolia Fire Company -$44,175 for operations and safety