Edison Fire Department Receives $1.3 Million Federal Grant

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EDISON — The Township’s Division of Fire has been awarded $1,392,880 in federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program (SAFER), an initiative designed to strengthen the nation’s preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards.

“This grant will go directly towards Edison’s salary budget for firefighters, allowing the town to increase staff and ensure that Edison is well equipped with the number of firefighters it needs to protect residents,” said U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-6.) “Fire departments are too important to our communities to be under-staffed, and with this grant, Edison will be more prepared and better able to respond during an emergency.”

“The award of $1.392 million in SAFER grants gives Edison Township the opportunity to increase the number new firefighters to our ranks with no additional cost to the taxpayers for a period of two years,” said Township Mayor Antonia Ricigliano. “I’d like to thank Congressman Pallone and his staff for assisting us in securing this grant.”

This fiscal year, DHS will award approximately $320 million directly to fire departments and volunteer support groups through the SAFER grant program.

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