U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that fire departments in Garfield, Bellmawr, Southampton, and Asbury Park will receive federal grants totaling $266,541. The funding is awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. These AFG grants can be invested in training, equipment, wellness programs, modifications to facilities and supplies that support firefighting operations and safety.
"This federal funding will help firefighters in Garfield, Bellmawr, Southampton, and Asbury Park access the resources they need to keep the public safe," said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG program. "These grants will help ensure that as our firefighters answer the call, they can do so safely. We'll continue working hard in the Senate for New Jersey's fire departments and first responders."
"Through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program communities throughout New Jersey and throughout the nation have the chance to receive direct federal aid in obtaining the equipment and training their firefighters need to do their jobs safely and effectively," said Senator Menendez. "From small towns to major cities, our dedicated firefighters are ready to respond to any emergency. They risk their lives every time they answer a call. That's why I am committed to continuing the fight to protect federal programs that help firefighters and all first responders."
The funding will be distributed as follows:
*City of Garfield Fire Department will receive a $193,500 AFG grant for operations and safety.
*Bellmawr Fire Department will receive a $33,995 AFG grant for operations and safety.
*Hampton Lakes Volunteer Fire Company in Southampton will receive a $26,601 AFG grant for operations and safety.
*Asbury Park Fire Department will receive a $12,445 AFG grant for operations and safety.
The AFG program provides funding to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.