U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that nine fire companies in South Jersey will share $567,192 in federal funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, including a first time award for the Ferrell Fire Company in Monroeville. More than $21 million has been awarded locally to 115 organizations in the 2nd District since the program began in 2001.
"This is outstanding news for our local firefighters and the residents of the community they serve. I especially want to congratulate the Ferrell Fire Company for their first award," said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. "I will continue to support critical programs like AFG to ensure they have the resources needed to keep our communities safe."
Included within the awards is $32,300 to the Goshen Volunteer Fire Company in Middle Township. The federal funding will be used to install an exhaust system for the fire station. This is their second AFG announcement, previously being awarded $225,000 in November 2004.
"It was great to get a call from the Congressman. It's always good to have that call with the announcement of a federal grant," said Goshen Volunteer Fire Company Fire Chief Robert Myers Jr. "This really helps out a lot with our little community."
The additional recipients are as follows:
Ø $102,600 to the Bayview Fire Company in Galloway. This is their second AFG award, following a $51,446 in December 2004;
Ø $100,976 to the Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company #1 in Egg Harbor Township. This is the third AFG award for the fire company, with previous awards of $97,493 (November 2003) and $44,496 (February 2004);
Ø $82,412 to the Cape May City Volunteer Fire Department. This is their second AFG award, following $46,075 in January 2005;
Ø $55,271 to the Port Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Company. This is the third award for the company, with previous announcements of $87,827 (August 2007) and $39,055 (September 2009);
Ø $52,440 to the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department in Mullica Township. This is the second AFG award for the department with the previous award totaling $59,850 (August 2005);
Ø $49,852 to the Ferrell Fire Company in Monroeville. This is their first AFG award;
Ø $47,120 to the Salem Fire Department. This is the department's third AFG award, with previous amounts of $84,891 (February 2004) and $285,000 (January 2007); and,
Ø $44,221 to the Egg Harbor City Fire Department. This is the department's third AFG award, with previous amounts of $93,150 (September 2003) and $78,135 (November 2006).
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awards grants directly to fire departments and emergency services to support their efforts to protect the communities they serve. The Fiscal Year 2009 program will distribute $565 million to first responder organizations across the country to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources required to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
The Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. For the last seven years, Congressman LoBiondo's office has hosted local seminars for area fire departments to highlight the benefits of this grant program and assist with the application process. The Fiscal Year 2009 program received 19,786 applications nationwide.