Senator Menendez, Chiesa Announce $1.3 Million SAFER Grant for Edison Fire Department

Senator Menendez, Chiesa Announce $1.3 Million SAFER Grant for Edison Fire Department

Federal grant will help department hire 10 firefighters; application period for next year’s SAFER grants began on Monday

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) today announced a federal grant award of $1,392,880 for the Township of Edison's Fire Department. The funding is awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

"Maintaining proper fire department staffing is an essential part of keeping a community safe, and I commend the Township of Edison for making a strong case in its application in this highly-competitive grant program," said Senator Menendez. "Having the right amount of firefighters on the job not only keeps the Edison community safer, it also helps maintain safer working conditions for our firefighters. And with the application period for next year's SAFER grants starting on Monday, it's time for every New Jersey community to consider whether their fire department personnel needs could be met with the help of a SAFER grant."

"In times of crisis, every family wants to believe our first responders will have the best tools and knowledge to meet each emergency. This grant funding is critically important to providing firefighters with the operations and training they require," said Senator Chiesa.

Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano said the ranks of the township's Division of Fire have decreased due to attrition, and that this federal funding will help the division hire 10 new firefighters.

"This grant will enable us to strengthen the Division and better protect the residents, visitors and businesses of Edison Township," said Mayor Ricigliano.

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 application period for next year's SAFER grants began on Monday, July 29.

For more information about the SAFER program, please visit: http://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants.

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