PERTH AMBOY—The Perth Amboy Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant worth nearly $200,000 to improve their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of the first-responder personnel in fire related emergencies.
“With the ever present fiscal constraints that are being placed on not only the Fire Department, but all municipal departments, I am appreciative that we will most importantly be able to greatly improve the safety of our firefighters, and will be able to do so without relying on limited property taxpayer dollars to do so through this grant award,” said Fire Chief David Volk.
The $198,450 grant provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to the Firefighters Grant program will allow the fire department to replace of a majority of the its self-contained breathing apparatus, which were purchased by the department in 1991 and are still in use today. This equipment keeps firefighters from breathing the smoke from a fire and improves their ability to enter a building to either rescue occupants and/or to extinguish a fire.
“We are looking out for the well-being of our firefighters. They needed to be protected as well and I am grateful for the grant that will assistance in the safety of those who protect our residents,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz.
The Perth Amboy Fire Department is equipped to respond to a wide variety of calls for assistance above and beyond fire type emergencies. The Perth Amboy Fire Department operates the only year-round available fire/rescue boat in the tri-county area. The department currently provides technical rescue services throughout Middlesex County
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