Sens Menendez, Booker Announce Grant for AC Firefighters

Sens Menendez, Booker Announce Grant for AC Firefighters

Award will keep 51 Atlantic City firefighters on the job

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced the awarding of a two-year $8.6 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from that will keep 51 Atlantic City firefighters on the job.

"I'm incredibly pleased that with this grant Atlantic City will be able to keep 51 firefighters on the job, protecting our communities," Menendez said."And not only will this funding help the communities and families they serve, 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."

"In one of my first meetings as senator, I underscored to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate the importance of the SAFER grant for maintaining public safety in Atlantic City and that it was a critical priority for me and for Senator Menendez," Booker said. "I want to express my gratitude to Craig and FEMA for today's award - a grant that will not only allow firefighters in Atlantic City to continue to perform their crucial work but will also protect their families and communities from the economic hardships that would have come in the absence of funding."

The positions retained were initially funded under a FY 2010 SAFER grant, but that grant ran out in November and the firefighters were facing layoffs. The award will allow the department to maintain the number of firefighters needed to meet industry standards and to attain the 24-hour staffing necessary to provide adequate fire protection.

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