WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a total of $21,876,141 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support fire departments across New Jersey to hire more firefighters, buy new equipment and enhance safety measures.
“Day after day, New Jersey’s firefighters go above and beyond to keep our families and communities safe,” said Sen. Menendez. “In return, we must fully invest in our fire departments to ensure they are sufficiently staffed and that our men and women are properly trained and equipped with the tools they need to keep us safe.”
“New Jersey’s emergency services are only as strong as those who are selflessly willing to protect our communities,” said Sen. Booker. “This federal investment will help 11 fire departments across New Jersey hire, recruit, and retain firefighters, strengthening the quality of our state’s emergency services and keeping residents safe.”
The following departments have been awarded Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants:
The SAFER program supports the hiring of career firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Since 2006, New Jersey has received more than $251 million in SAFER funding.
The following departments have been awarded Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG):
The AFG program provides direct financial assistance to eligible local professional and voluntary fire departments, emergency medical services organizations and state fire training academies to equip and train first responders. Since it was established in 2001, New Jersey has received over $180million in funding from the AFG program to enhance response capabilities, as well as to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.
April 22, 2021