More than $640,000 in federal funding will be given to six New Jersey fire departments for new equipment and training or safety operations. 

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U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez made the announcement today.  The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

"This federal funding will help New Jersey firefighters access resources they need to keep our families safe," said Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG program.  "First responders risk their lives to protect our communities and we will continue working to provide local fire departments with the federal resources they need."

"Our firefighters are ready to sacrifice everything in responding to emergencies and keeping our communities safe.  We are obligated to do everything we can to help them obtain the equipment that helps them work safely and effectively," said Menendez.  "I am proud to have fought to keep the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program from being eliminated in the last Congress.  I am committed to fighting for federal resources to aid our first responders in the new congressional session."

The funding amounts for each department are as follows:

  • Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Department:  $231,434
  • Wallington Fire Department:  $172,283
  • Township of Union Fire Department:  $128,400
  • East Windsor Volunteer Fire Department #2:  $45,000
  • Hoboken Fire Department:  $35,440
  • Harrison Fire Department:  $30,739