Berkeley Heights Firefighters Receive Federal Grant

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The Berkeley Heights Fire Department will receive $105,274 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), part of $770,428 in federal funding announced by New Jersey’s U.S. Senators today.

Other departments receiving funding under the AFG or Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) programs include those serving Deal, Bordentown, Englishtown, Cherry Hill, Rutherford and New Gretna.

“When emergencies erupt in our communities, our firefighters are ready to respond to protect our families and neighbors,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). “Our firefighters deserve nothing less than our best efforts to help them obtain the training, equipment and personnel they need to do their jobs safely and effectively. That’s the objective of the AFG and SAFER programs, and why I am committed to fighting for these programs on behalf of our firefighters who protect our communities.”

“In times of crisis, every family wants to believe our first responders will have the best tools and knowledge to meet each emergency. This grant funding is critically important to providing firefighters with the operations and training they require,” said Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ.)

The AFG program provides funding to enhance response capabilities, as well as to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel. These grants can be invested in training, protective equipment, fitness programs, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting operations and safety.

The highly competitive 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.

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