Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that the City of Long Branch has been awarded a $562,680 federal grant for its fire department from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The grant will enhance Long Branch’s ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as its first-responders, by updating its respiratory equipment. The equipment includes self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), face protectors, and radio equipment for helmets.

“Our brave firefighters deserve the best equipment possible as they put their lives on the line for us,” said Pallone. “This funding will make a difference locally by making it safer for local firefighters and first responders to do their job and save lives.”

The AFG program is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security and is part of a coordinated effort to improve the nation’s ability to respond to emergency situations. Since its implementation in 2001, the AFG program has provided over $6 billion to fire departments and EMS organizations across the country.