U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) have announced $122,000 in federal funding for the Hoboken Fire Department, with departments across the state receiving roughly $3.2 million.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“New Jersey’s first responders play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of our residents and they need our support,” Menendez said in a statement.
“This funding will ensure firefighters and other first responders have the personal protective equipment and other tools they need to protect themselves while they continue to risk their lives to keep their communities safe during the pandemic.”
$3,258,596.49 of the federal dollars are coming from Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Some departments also benefitted from the $625,962 in CARES Act monies.
Both the Hoboken Fire Department and North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, which received $8,181.82, had their funding come from AFGs.
“New Jersey’s brave first responders put their lives on the line to keep our families and our communities safe,” added Booker.
“As they work to protect others in the midst of this ongoing public health crisis, we must ensure they have the resources they need to stay safe and healthy.”
This evening, city officials announced that the grant funding will be used to equip all four firehouses with diesel removal exhaust systems.
“This grant provides a tremendous investment in the health and safety of the Hoboken Fire Department. I would like to thank Mayor Bhalla, the Hoboken City Council, and FEMA Region 2 for providing the support needed to complete this project. We have already started planning and expect to have the new vehicle exhaust removal systems installed within the next 12 months,” said Fire Chief Brian Crimmins.
The grant will pay for 90 percent of the new system, with the city covering the additional 10 percent cost.
Furthermore, the system will also save the city and the first department money on continued maintenance costs. The city will go out to bid in the coming months, with anticipated installation of the new system by July 2021.
“I’m very pleased Hoboken has been awarded this funding to help keep our first responders and residents safe, especially during the current pandemic,” added Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
“We continue to do everything we can to upgrade our infrastructure through alternative sources of funding, and I know the grant will be put to good use within our firehouses. Thank you to Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Sires for fighting for this grant for our community.”
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.