WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the Sea Bright Fire Department in Sea Bright, NJ, has been awarded $242,820 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.  The AFG program is part of a coordinated, ongoing effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration to improve the nation’s ability to respond to emergency situations.

“It is vital that our brave firefighters have all the resources and tools they need to protect the safety of the public and themselves in the case of an emergency situation,” said Pallone.  “I am thrilled that the Department of Homeland Security has selected the Sea Bright Fire Departmentto receive this federal grant.  These funds will be instrumental in ensuring our emergency personnel will continue to make our community an even safer place to live.”

Grants awarded under the AFG program are given directly to fire departments and non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations for emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.  In Fiscal Year 2013, the AFG program will provide approximately $320 million in competitive grants to first-responder organizations.