Bayonne, North Hudson fire departments net $42k and $35k in federal grant funding

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The Bayonne Fire Department and North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue both netted tens of thousands of dollars in federal grant funding, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) announced.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“New Jersey’s first responders are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. They risk their lives each and every day to protect us and deserve all the support they can get,” Menendez said in a statement.

“This important funding will help ensure our firefighters and EMS squads have the equipment, personal protective gear and personnel they need to both protect themselves and the residents and communities they serve.”

Utilizing monies from the CARES Act, supplemental Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) recently became available to help local first responders purchase PPE and related supplies to help prevent, prepare, and respond to emergencies during COVID-19.

“Our firefighters and first responders always step in for our communities when they are needed — even, and especially, during a pandemic. New Jersey’s firefighters must have the resources they need to protect themselves and our communities,” added Booker.

“This funding will help New Jersey departments increase safety and operational efficiency, hire, recruit, and retain volunteer firefighters and strengthen the quality of our state’s emergency services.”

Specifically, the Bayonne Fire Department received a $41,888 AFG grant, while NHRFR secured $35,263.33 in funding.

Overall, New Jersey’s senators said that $1,431,304.39 were allocated to departments across the state.

Earlier this month, the Hoboken Fire Department secured a roughly $122,000 AFG grant which will be used to equip all four of their fire houses with diesel removal exhaust systems.