Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Nearly $2.4 Million In Federal Funding To Staff New Jersey Fire Departments And Aid First Responders

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Nearly $2.4 Million In Federal Funding To Staff New Jersey Fire Departments And Aid First Responders

BRIDGETON, HAMILTON, RIDGEWOOD SECURE FUNDING FOR STAFFING

Washington - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced nine New Jersey fire departments and one ambulance squad received a total of $2,396,338 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs. These grants can be invested in staffing, vehicle acquisition, training, equipment, personal protective equipment, health programs, and other support for stations and facilities.

"Emergencies won't wait for flush budget years - and neither can we," said Menendez. "All of us must step forward to make sure our communities have the personnel and equipment they need. These resources will help communities and towns across New Jersey - even in these tough economic situations - be safe."

"With firefighters ready to roll at the sound of the alarm, we must be certain that our departments are sufficiently staffed to handle emergencies safely and effectively," said Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG and SAFER grant programs. "This critical federal funding invests directly in New Jersey's first responders so that they have the best equipment and training to protect our families and neighborhoods."

The $2,396,338 in federal funding will be distributed as follows:

SAFER Grant Program
• Bridgeton - $1,022,798 to the Bridgeton Fire Department for staffing.
• Ridgewood - $349,031 to the Ridgewood Fire Department for staffing.
• Hamilton - $109,417 to the Hamilton Township Fire District #2 for staffing.

AFG Grant Program
• Landisville - $237,500 to the Landisville Volunteer Fire Company to purchase a fire truck.
• Edison - $121,500 to the Edison First Aid Squad #2 to purchase an ambulance.
• Bogota - $109,535 to the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department for operations and safety.
• Wood-Ridge - $179,550 to the Wood-Ridge Fire Department for operations and safety.
• Hoboken - $118,827 to the Hoboken Fire Department for operations and safety.
• Harrisonville - $72,580 to the Harrisonville Volunteer Fire Company for operations and safety.
• Cherry Hill - $75,600 to the Cherry Hill Fire Department for operations and safety.

The highly competitive 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 grants are awarded to fire departments and EMS organizations to improve their capacity to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel in fire related emergencies.

For more information about the programs, please visit: http://www.firegrantsupport.com/

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