Sen. Menendez, Rep. Sires Announce $6.9M SAFER Grant for Jersey City Firefighters

Sen. Menendez, Rep. Sires Announce $6.9M SAFER Grant for Jersey City Firefighters

Funding to Hire More Firefighters and Keep Residents Safe

JERSEY CITY, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) today announced the awarding of a $6,868,000 federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to the Jersey City Fire Department that will help replace or retain 49 firefighters, who either previously retired or whose positions were slated for elimination due to municipal budget constraints. This additional federal funding allows Jersey City to hire 30 new firefighters.

"Nothing is more essential to keeping a community as safe as it can be as keeping firefighters on the job,"Sen. Menendez said."And not only will this funding create jobs and help protect our communities, it will also help maintain safe working conditions for our firefighters, who deserve nothing less than our best efforts to ensure they can perform their duties as safely and effectively as possible."

"I congratulate the Jersey City Fire Department for pursuing this competitive grant," said Rep. Sires. "With these additional funds, Jersey City's outstanding fire department will continue to provide the highest level of overall safety for its residents and their neighborhoods."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) SAFER program seeks to increase the number of frontline firefighters, enhancing the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and assuring that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

"Enhancing public safety has been the top priority of my administration since taking office, and we have been aggressively focused on pursuing federal funding, such as the SAFER grant, so we can hire additional firefighters," said Mayor Steven M. Fulop. "I want to thank Senator Menendez and Congressman Sires for advocating for Jersey City to receive this significant and important funding that will help us continue in our efforts to make Jersey City the safest mid-size city in America."

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), who was the prime author of the SAFER Act and also wrote a letter in support of the Jersey City Fire Department, said: "Adequate staffing for fire departments has a direct correlation to their response times, so having a fully staffed department can literally mean the difference between life and death. I am proud of the work we have done in Congress to bolster public safety."