Local Fire Departments Get FEMA Funds

STATE – Fourteen New Jersey fire departments, including Edison, Summit and Westfield, federal grants through two different programs operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Jersey City received $8.1 million under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, which will be used to meet staffing needs. It accounted for nearly two-thirds of the $12.5 million received by New Jersey fire departments.


Eleven other fire departments received smaller awards under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. Summit received $558,900; Edison $341,696 and Westfield $49,500. The funds will be used for operations and safety.

“Firefighters are ready to roll at the sound of the alarm, and we must be certain that our departments are sufficiently staffed to handle emergencies safely and effectively,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) when he announced the grants.  “This funding is a direct investment in New Jersey’s first responders so they have the best equipment and training to react when an emergency strikes.”

“The best way to limit damage and save lives is by preventing emergencies in the first place,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).  “These resources mean just that. We will have the right people in the right place to protect our communities.”

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