Senators Menendez, Chiesa Announce Nearly $600,000 for Nutley Fire Department

Senators Menendez, Chiesa Announce Nearly $600,000 for Nutley Fire Department

Funding will help department hire four firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) today announced a $599,152grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

"Nothing is more essential to keeping a community as safe as it can be as keeping firefighters on the job," said Senator Menendez. "This federal funding will go directly to the Nutley Fire Department to help make sure enough personnel are at the ready to respond to any emergency. This not only helps the Nutley community, but it also helps maintain safer working conditions for our firefighters, who deserve nothing less than our best efforts to help them work as safely and effectively as possible."

"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.

Nutley Deputy Fire Chief Paul Cafone said the SAFER funding will help the department hire four new firefighters at a time when staff levels have dropped due to recent retirements from 39 to 30.

"We're always happy to receive this federal funding to help us keep the Nutley community safe," said Deputy Chief Cafone, who expressed his appreciation to Senators Menendez and Chiesa, as well as Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen for their roles in obtaining the funding.

"These grants have given us the ability to replace firefighters that have retired at no cost to the tax-payers. In these difficult economic times it is hard to add to the payroll but fortunately we were awarded this grant to offset the costs," said Mayor Alphonse Petracco, who is also Nutley's Director of Public Safety. "Thank you to our legislative leaders for making this grant available to local communities who are struggling with manpower shortages and the ability to fund additional personnel."

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.

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

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