NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a combined $600,127 in federal grants to improve safety and operations and hire more firefighters in three local New Jersey fire departments. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) programs are administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“These federal grants are a smart investment that will ensure New Jersey’s local Fire Departments have the tools, equipment, and resources necessary to operate more efficiently and safely while protecting communities across our state,” said Sen. Menendez. “Our brave first responders never hesitate to put their lives on the line each day and we must continue fighting to make certain they always have what they need to do their job safely and successfully.”
“I am grateful for the service New Jersey firefighters provide to communities throughout our state,” said Sen. Booker. “Securing additional federal funding for our state’s first responders is a priority of mine because they deserve the latest equipment, training and resources necessary to protect themselves while responding to emergencies.”
The following awards were announced:
• $269,310 (SAFER) for Asbury Park Fire Department
• $200,000 (AFG) for Spring Lake Heights Independent Fire Company
• $130,817 (AFG) for Hackensack Fire Department
The AFG program provides funding to first-responder organizations for emergency response equipment, personnel protective gear, firefighting vehicles and training. The SAFER program helps departments hire and retain firefighters, enhancing the ability of departments to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and assuring that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.
Senators Menendez and Booker annually co-sponsor workshops across New Jersey to help local fire departments prepare applications for these very competitive programs.