U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that three fire companies in South Jersey will share $425,097 in federal funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. More than $22 million has been awarded locally to 115 organizations in the 2nd District since the program began in 2001.
"This is certainly welcome news given the recent weather and its impact on our first responders and equipment," said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. "I will continue to support critical programs like AFG to ensure our fire and emergency departments have the resources needed to keep our communities safe."
The additional recipients are as follows:
Ø $254,363 to the Highland Chemical Engine Company in Pitman. This is their third AFG award, with previous amounts of $34,511 (November 2003) and $80,275 (August 2006);
Ø $95,475 to the Reliance Hose Company #1 Mays Landing Fire Department. This is the second AFG award, following $64,890 in February 2004; and,
Ø $75,259 to the Longport Volunteer Fire Department. This is their third AFG award, with previous amounts of $12,000 (August 2004) and $51,661 (December 2005).
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.