Federal Funding Announced For Local Fire Departments

STATE — U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez recently announced federal grants for the Elizabeth and Perth Amboy Fire Departments. The funding comes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, and eligible uses of the money include investments in training, equipment, and health programs.

The Perth Amboy Fire Department has received $240,000 for vehicle acquisition, while the Elizabeth Fire Department obtained $64,000 for operations and safety.

“When the alarm sounds, firefighters must be ready to roll. These federal resources will help ensure New Jersey firefighters are sufficiently trained and equipped to handle emergencies safely and effectively,” said Lautenberg, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG program. “With municipalities across our state making tough budget decisions, this direct federal investment in local firefighters is especially important. We will continue working to make sure our first responders are well prepared to keep families in New Jersey and across the country safe.”

“Tough budget times call for tough cuts and tough decisions, but one thing we must continue to fund without question are investments in training, equipment and heath programs for our first responders,” said Menendez. “New Jersey firefighters put their lives on the line every time they answer a call to protect our families and our communities. It’s our responsibility to make sure they have all the resources they need to carry out their job safely.”

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