NEWARK – U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez announced today that the Clark Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $136,040 federal grant for operations and safety.
In all, the senators announced that five New Jersey fire departments have received more than $1.7 million in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Eligible uses of this grant funding include investments in training, equipment, vehicle acquisition, health programs, and facility modifications.
“Firefighters put their lives on the line every day and we must ensure they have the resources and training to do their job,” said Lautenberg. “With so many municipalities facing tough budget decisions, this direct federal investment in our local firefighters is especially important to the safety of our communities. We will continue working to make sure our first responders are well prepared to keep families in New Jersey and across the country safe.”
“Our firefighters need to have the resources they need to protect themselves and our families in case of a fire emergency,” said Menendez. “These funds will allow local fire departments to purchase the most modern safety equipment available and boost their capacity to respond in case of a fire. This is the very least we can do for the safety of our first responders, our families, and our communities.”
The South Orange Fire Department received a $665,000 grant for vehicle acquisition and fire departments in Middletown, Hoboken and Ocean Township joined the Clark firefighters in receiving grants for operations and safety.
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