Menendez, Lautenberg Announce More Than $9.8 Million for Paterson, Bayonne & Atlantic City Fire Departments

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce More Than $9.8 Million for Paterson, Bayonne & Atlantic City Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators FrankR.Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced thatfire departmentsinPaterson, Bayonne and Atlantic Citywill receive federal grants totalingmore than$9.8millionfor hiring and retainingfirefighters. The funding, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER)and Assistance to Firefighter Grant(AFG)programs,allowsdepartments to avoid layoffs,hire new firefightersand improve safety.

"Thesemajor federal grantswill help ensure that Paterson, Bayonne, and Atlantic Cityhave the firefightersand supportthey need to keep their communities safe,"said Lautenberg, theVice Chairman of theAppropriations Subcommitteethatfunds the SAFER program. "Firefighters risk their lives to protect our families, and we are committed to providing local first responders with the federal resources they need."

"Keeping communities safe during emergencies begins with keeping dedicated firefighters on the job,"said Senator Menendez."This funding will helpthreeof New Jersey's cities get the firefighters they need to protect residents and property. And more personnel means safer working conditions for those dedicated professionals who serve our communities. I am proud to 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."

The Paterson, Bayonne, and Atlantic Cityfire departments will receive the following amounts:

  • Paterson Fire Department: $6,975,860
  • Bayonne Fire Department: $2,730,780
  • Atlantic City Fire Department: $133,200

As Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Lautenberg has worked to provide sufficient funding forFEMA firefighterprograms. 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.The AFG program provides funding to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.

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