Menendez, Norcross Announce over $820K in Federal Funding to Support South Jersey Fire Stations

Menendez, Norcross Announce over $820K in Federal Funding to Support South Jersey Fire Stations

   

BLACKWOOD, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (D-N.J.-01) today announced $827,690 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support fire departments in South Jersey. These grants will allow fire departments to hire more firefighters, buy new equipment and enhance safety measures.

“In recent years, I’ve worked hard to keep funding for our first responders off the chopping block. Last year, I joined Senator John McCain on legislation to reauthorize these grant programs, which are vital to keeping the 30,000 fire departments across America prepared for today’s challenges,” said Sen. Menendez. “So let me say to the firefighters and emergency personnel here today, so long as I am New Jersey’s Senior Senator you better believe I will fight back against any proposal that undermines the heroic work that all of you do each day.”

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“These grants for South Jersey Fire Departments will help protect those who are protecting us,” said Congressman Donald Norcross. “This funding will allow our local departments to hire more firefighters and ensure our first responders have the equipment they need to best serve our communities day in and day out. We must do all we can to keep our firehouses well-staffed and keep our firefighters as safe as possible when they are battling fires and saving lives.”

 

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Since 2006, Sen. Menendez has secured $20 million in Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants for Camden County and $1 million for Gloucester County. Camden County has also received $17.9 million in Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) since 2001, while Gloucester County has received $7 million.

New Jersey as a whole has received more than $176.7 million in AFG grants since 2001 and more than $251.4 million in SAFER funding since 2006.

The following departments received AFG awards:

  • $280,516 – Woodbury Fire Department (Woodbury)
  • $126,839 – Berlin Fire Company No. 1 (Berlin)
  • $111,429 – Lawnside Volunteer Fire Company No.1 (Lawnside)

The AFG Program supports state fire departments, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations and fire training academies to improve their ability to protect the well-being and safety of all Americans and first responders.

The following department received SAFER grants:

  • $154,764 – Gloucester Township Fire Department (Blackwood)
  • $154,142 – Chews Landing Fire Department (Blackwood)

Funds under the SAFER program support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

“Congressman Norcross and Senator Menendez have consistently advocated for adequate funding for the Federal Government’s SAFER Grant Program, and the awarding of this grant will save our taxpayers $154,000.00 over the next three years,” said Chief Millisky of Chews Landing.

 

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Last week, Sen. Menendez and Sen. Cory Booker announced over $5 million in SAFER and AFG awards to fire departments across the state.

Sen. Menendez has long championed on behalf for New Jersey’s firefighters.

Last week the Senate unanimously approved $1 million in federal funding to implement Sen. Menendez’s landmark legislation, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act. The act would create a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with the deadly disease and calls on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor and study the relationship between career-long exposure to dangerous fumes and toxins and the incidence of cancer in firefighters to determine if there is a link, and to develop better protective gear and prevention techniques.

“In Washington, creating a new program is only half the battle. You also have to win the funding. And this week in the Senate I’m proud to have secured a million dollars in startup funding for the CDC to get the Firefighter Cancer Registry up and running,” said Sen. Menendez. “For doctors, researchers, and health experts, we know that data is often the key to unlocking new discoveries. And those discoveries can take many shapes – from the development of better safety protocols to protect firefighters on the job to the discovery of lifesaving treatments.”

The bill, which was unanimously approved by the Senate in May, and signed into law last month, was reintroduced in February 2017, with 49 bipartisan Senate cosponsors.