U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) has announced a $14,058 federal grant for the Secaucus Fire Department that will allow them to equip their fire rescue boat with an electronic communication system to contact other agencies like the U.S. Coast Guard.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“America is at its best when we invest in our safety and security. Today I am overjoyed to announce this federal award for Secaucus’s Bravest, which will help them continue to protect our communities,” Pascrell said in a statement.
“This past year has been especially difficult for our first responders. It is imperative that the federal government continue to have their backs. Working with President Biden, I am more confident than ever that these grants will continue to flow into our cities and towns here in North Jersey. I am proud that we were able to bring this money home for our community, and I will continue to fight for every cent that keeps New Jerseyans safe.”
Pascrell helped secure funding for the fire rescue boat in 2018 and joined Secaucus firefighters to unveil the vessel one year later.
Earlier this year, Pascrell voted in favor of President Joe Biden’s (D) American Rescue Plan, which provided an additional $200 million for the Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program in Fiscal Year 2021.
This program supports the hiring and retention of firefighters. The relief package also includes an additional $100 million for Pascrell’s Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) program in FY21, which helps departments invest in lifesaving equipment and resources, such as personal protective equipment, and provide training and mental health support.
Annual funding for the AFG program is provided by Pascrell’s Firefighter Investment and Response Enhancement (FIRE) Act, which was signed into law in 2000 by President Bill Clinton.
Through his FIRE Act, Rep. Pascrell helps procure hundreds of thousands in federal support for New Jersey firefighters each year. Since the outset of the pandemic, Rep. Pascrell has worked to secure millions in emergency federal funding to aid New Jersey in its fight against the virus. Rep. Pascrell helped pass the CARES Act in March 2020, which also included $100 million in emergency AFG funding.