WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that fire departments in Mount Laurel and Ocean Township will receive federal grants totaling $104,607. The funding is awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to FirefightersGrant(AFG)program.

"These federal grants will helpfirefighters in Mount Laurel and OceanTownship accesstheresources they needto keep local neighborhoods safe,"said Sen. Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which fund the AFG program."Investments like these ensure that our first responders can answer the call swiftly and safely, and we'll keep working so they have what they need to protect the public."

"Providing our firefighters with the equipment they need to do their jobs as safely and efficiently as possible isn't only a sound federal investment, it's simply the right thing to do,"said Senator Menendez."Like all of our public safety professionals, our firefighters stand ready to respond to any emergency that occurs in our communities. I am proud to support the AFG program that gives all of our nation's fire departments the chance to receive direct federal aid for the equipment and training they need."

The funding will be distributed as follows:

  • Mount Laurel Fire District #1 will receive a $41,400 AFG grant for operations and safety.
  • Township of Ocean Fire District #1 will receive a $63,207 AFG grant for operations and safety.

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

For more information about the AFG program, please visit:http://www.fema.gov/firegrants