NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a combined $447,949 in federal grants to improve safety and operations in local fire departments across New Jersey. The Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Our first responders put their lives on the line each day and we must make certain that they have the resources they need to save lives,” said Sen. Menendez. “These federal grants will help ensure our firefighters are properly equipped to protect both themselves and the communities they serve.”

“New Jersey’s firefighters and first responders are deeply committed to ensuring the safety of New Jersey’s residents,” said Sen. Booker. “With these funds, three fire departments will be able to upgrade their equipment and enhance their training to better protect the communities they serve. I am proud to support our first responders and remain committed to ensuring New Jersey’s firefighters have what they need to carry out their job.”

The following AFG grants were awarded:

• $174,286 Harrison Township Fire District #1 (Mullica Hill)
For safety and operations

• $242,710 Kearny Fire Department
For safety and operations

• $30,953 North Arlington Fire Department
For safety and operations

The AFG program provides funding to enhance response capabilities, as well as to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.