WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $943,044 in federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) funding to improve safety and operations in local volunteer and professional fire departments across New Jersey. The AFG program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“These federal investments in our local fire departments help ensure the safety of our first responders so they can protect our families and communities,” said Sen. Menendez. “Firefighters put their lives on the line each day to protect ours, so it’s critically important they have they equipment, tools and resources they need to safely do their job.”

“Our firefighters courageously put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve the people of New Jersey,” said Sen. Booker. “These grants will go directly to providing the brave men and women in our firehouses with the proper equipment and resources to keep themselves and our communities safe.”

The following grants were awarded:

  • $562,680 Long Branch Fire Dept. (Monmouth)
  • $181,291 North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue (West New York, Hudson)
  • $160,000 Apshawa Volunteer Fire Co. (West Milford, Passaic)
  • $22,858 Hainesport Fire Co. No. 1 (Burlington)
  • $16,215 Hampton Lakes Volunteer Fire Co. (Southampton, Burlington)

Since it was established in 2001, New Jersey has received over $165 million 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.