Menendez, Booker Announce Over $450K In Grants to Enhance Firefighter Operations and Recruitment Efforts in 7 NJ Fire Depts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a combined $466,641 in federal funding to recruit and hire new firefighters, as well as enhance operations with the acquisition of new equipment in seven different fire companies across New Jersey.

“The incredible men and women in New Jersey fire departments go above and beyond their call of duty to keep our communities and families safe. The best way for us to thank them for their services is to guarantee they have the necessary means to stay safe while doing their jobs”, said Sen. Menendez. “I am proud and grateful for all their work and I promise I will continue to work to ensure New Jersey gets our fair share of these federal grants.”

“We have an obligation to provide the courageous men and women in New Jersey’s firehouses the resources they need to keep themselves and our communities safe,” said Sen. Booker. “This federal investment will ensure New Jersey firefighters have the latest equipment and training to do their jobs safely and efficiently as they put their lives on the lines protecting our families.”
Five fire departments received grants totaling $418,199 through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) funding from FEMA to ensure local firefighters are properly equipped and trained for operations and safety.

AFG Fire Department Recipients:

  • Harrington Park Fire Department, Harrington Park (to purchase 36 new self-contained breathing apparatuses): $212,572
  • Woodland Volunteer Fire and EMS Inc., Chatsworth (to purchase all new hoses and two thermal imaging cameras): $57,068
  • Buena Vista Township Fire District #1, Richland (to purchase general firefighter equipment/appliances such as fire hoses and nozzles): $23,648
  • Logan Volunteer Fire Company of Pedricktown, Pedricktown (to enhance operations and safety): $98,014
  • Mount Laurel Fire District #1, Mount Laurel (Replace 20+ year old hoses, nozzles, and electrical fans used for ventilation): $26,897

Grants totaling $48,442 were awarded to two fire departments through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, which helps local fire departments hire, recruit and retain firefighters to ensure proper staffing levels and better protect their citizens and communities. It is awarded competitively and administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

SAFER city recipients are:

  • Whitehouse Fire Company #1, Whitehouse station: $11,562
  • Wallington Fire Department, Wallington: $36,880

Since 2005, New Jersey fire departments have been awarded over $243 million in SAFER grants. New Jersey has received over $166 million in funding from the AFG program to enhance response capabilities, since it was established in 2001.