Congressman Jon Runyan (NJ-3) announced today that the Bordentown City Fire Department will be the recipient of a competitive, federal grant in the amount of $189,407. The grant is being provided by the Department of Homeland Security through their Assistance to Firefighters Grant (FIRE). As a result, the Bordentown City Fire Department will be using these grant funds for personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
"Properly equipping our firefighters is one of the most basic steps we can take to show our firefighters and our communities we care about their safety," said Congressman Runyan. "Investing in our firefighters is an investment in our communities. I am happy to see that this grant will directly benefit Bordentown City's firefighters and the public."
John J. Walls, Chief of the Consolidated Fire Association of the Bordentown City Fire Department thanked his staff and officers for all of their hard work preparing the application and stated, "These new SCBAs and PPE will improve the safety of our firefighters in Bordentown City. Safety is a big thing in today's fire service; we are committed to making sure that everyone returns home safely."
Representative Runyan is a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus and is a champion of the FIRE and SAFER programs. In the 112th and 113th Congresses he authored budget-neutral amendments to increase funding for FIRE and SAFER grants by $2.5 million each. These bi-partisan amendments passed the House of Representatives unanimously.