$1.2 Million in Federal Funding for NJ Fire Departments

Federal grants to hire more firefighters in Perth Amboy, purchase new equipment in Ocean Twp.

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker applauded today the awarding this week of $1,162,165 in federal grants to ensure New Jersey fire departments are adequately staffed and properly equipped to protect residents.

“New Jersey firefighters work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.” said Sen. Menendez. “This funding will ensure our local fire departments have the manpower and resources they need to protect our communities and save lives.  I will never stop fighting to provide these critical investments in our first responders.”

"As communities across New Jersey and our  nation continue to face challenging budget constraints, far too often they are forced to make tough decisions regarding the amount of resources they can allocate to their first responders," said Sen. Booker, who wrote a letter in strong support of Perth Amboy's application.  "The safety of our families and the brave firefighters who put their lives on the line to protect them should never be jeopardized, which is why I was proud to fight for this critical federal investment that will help increase staffing and ‎strengthen their ability to respond to an emergency."

The following grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

·        $1,096,000 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) to the Perth Amboy Fire Department (Middlesex) to hire eight new firefighters

·        $66,165 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Ocean Twp. Fire District 1 (Monmouth) for operations and safety

The SAFER program is administered by DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and seeks to increase the number of frontline 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.

The AFG program aims to provide funding to fire departments and EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities, as well as to allow them to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.