WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeffrey Chiesa (R-NJ) today announced a grant award of $146,276 to Gloucester Township Fire District 4 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The funds will be used to help the department hire a firefighter to replace a recent retiree and to promote a firefighter to the rank of captain.

"Keeping firefighters on the job is critical to protecting Gloucester Township, and I am very pleased that this federal funding is coming directly to Gloucester Township Fire District 4," said Senator Menendez. "This not only helps the communities they serve, but it also helps maintain safer working conditions for our firefighters, who deserve nothing less than our best efforts to help them work as safely and effectively as possible."

"In times of crisis, every family wants to believe our first responders will have the best tools and knowledge to meet each emergency. This grant funding is critically important to providing firefighters with the operations and training they require," said Senator Chiesa.

"This federal investment in Gloucester Township will ensure that our fire departments have the resources needed to ensure the safety of our 70,000 residents and to protect their homes and businesses," said Gloucestor Township Mayor David R. Mayer. "I thank Senator Menendez and Senator Chiesa for their leadership in supporting programs like the Assistance to Firefighters SAFER grant that enable communities like ours to fulfill our commitment to public safety without adding further strain on our municipal budget."

The highly competitive SAFER grant program provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained "front line" firefighters in their communities.

For more information about the SAFER program, please visit: http://www.fema.gov/staffing-adequate-fire-emergency-response-grants.