U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that fire departments in Dunellen, Swedesboro, Riverdale, Robinsville Township, and Dover (Morris Co.) will receive federal grants totaling $483,045. The funding is awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) programs.
"This federal funding will help ensure that firefighters in local New Jersey communities have the resources they need to keep residents safe," said Sen. Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG and SAFER programs. "Grants like these are critical to maintaining the safety of the public and the firefighters who answer the call, and we will continue working to ensure that our fire departments and first responders are well equipped, staffed, and ready to serve."
"Our firefighters are ready to respond to any emergency that erupts in the communities they serve. It is only right that we do everything we can to make sure they have the equipment, training and personnel they need to do their jobs safely and effectively," said Sen. Menendez. "That is why I have proudly supported the AFG and SAFER programs, and why Sen. Lautenberg and I have held annual workshops to help fire departments submit their best applications possible for these sources of direct federal aid."
The funding for the four AFG grants will be distributed as follows:
*Dunellen Fire Department will receive a $185,250 AFG grant for operations and safety.
*Woolrich Fire Company in Swedesboro will receive a $124,640 AFG grant for operations and safety.
*Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $30,894 AFG grant for operations and safety.
*Robbinsville Township Fire Department will receive a $21,660 AFG grant for operations and safety.
The funding for the one SAFER grant will be distributed as follows:
*Town of Dover (Morris Co.) Fire Department will receive a $120,601 SAFER grant.
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. These grants can be invested in training, protective equipment, fitness programs, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting operations and safety.
The highly competitive SAFER grant program provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations in order to help them increase the number of trained "front line" firefighters in their communities.