WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hillside Fire Department has been awarded $3.3 million in federal funding for staffing, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced today. The funding is being made available through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
“This federal funding will help ensure the Hillside Fire Department has the necessary staffing to protect local families and neighborhoods,” said Lautenberg, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that funds the SAFER grant program. “It is critical that our communities have enough firefighters on duty when the alarm sounds and I will continue fighting in Washington to fund homeland security programs that benefit New Jersey.”
The 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. The program is administered by FEMA and funds salaries for two years.
Including this award to Hillside, 22 New Jersey fire departments have received more than $52 million from Fiscal Year 2010 SAFER awards. The recently enacted funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2011 has an additional $405 million for the SAFER program. This funding is available for fire departments across the country to apply for later this year.
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