U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that two South Jersey fire departments will share $145,350 in federal funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. More than $23 million has been awarded locally to 116 organizations in the 2nd District since the program began in 2001.
"Day in and day out, the men and women of our fire and rescue units are the first responders to emergency events in our communities," said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. "These are challenging economic times and our first responders are being asked to do more with less. I know the fire departments in Salem and Egg Harbor Township will use this federal funding wisely to protect their communities and I will continue to support critical programs like AFG."
The Salem Fire Department will receive their fourth AFG award, totaling $57,000. Previously, the Salem Fire Department received awards of $84,891 (2004), $285,000 (2007) and $47,120 (2010).
Also announced today, the Bargaintown Volunteer Fire Company #2 will receive their fifth AFG award totaling $88,350. Previous awards for the Egg Harbor Township-based first responders were $44,820 (2004), $43,368 (2006), $64,273 (2007) and $74,860 (2010).
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 2010 program will distribute $390 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 eight 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 2010 program received 16,231 applications nationwide.