Newark, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) today announced a combined $197,727 in federal grants to improve safety and operations in local first responders across New Jersey. Administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),  Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) can be utilized to purchase emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

“Our first responders risk their lives every day to protect us.  Investing in them is a crucial investment in our own safety and the safety of our families,” said Sen Menendez. “This federal funding will go a long way in helping ensure our local heroes have the tools and resources they need to be better prepared as they serve our communities.”

“In order to maintain the safety of New Jersey communities, our local first responders rely on having the latest gear and training to protect themselves and our families,” said Sen. Booker. “That’s why we have an obligation to fight for federal investments like this to ensure our brave first responders are well-equipped each and every time they rush into harm’s way.”

The following grants were announced:

  • Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps: $128,728
  • West New York Emergency Medical Service: $54,546
  • Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad: $14,453

The purpose of the AFG Program is to award grants directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, and state fire training academies to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel.