U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) announced that $45,455 has been allocated to the Bayonne Fire Department via the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“This federal funding is a great investment that will ensure New Jersey’s local Fire Departments have the tools, equipment, and resources necessary to operate more efficiently and safely while protecting communities across our state,” Menendez said in a statement.
“Our brave first responders never hesitate to put their lives on the line each day and we must continue fighting to make certain they always have what they need to do their job safely and successfully.”
The AFG program provides funding to purchase new equipment and implement safety training, among other things.
“Securing additional federal funding for our state’s first responders is a priority of mine because they deserve the latest equipment, training and resources necessary to protect themselves while responding to emergencies,” added Booker in a prepared statement.
Out of the seven New Jersey fire departments that received federal funding, Bayonne’s $45,445 grant ranked them No. 3 on the list, behind Union Fire Company No. 1 in Burlington County ($57,080) and Hamilton Township Fire District 3 in Mercer County ($59,502).
Bayonne was the only Hudson County fire department to receive funding this time around.
Hamilton Township Fire District 3, Mercer County – $59,502.
*Union Fire Company No. 1, Burlington County – $57,080
Bayonne Fire Department, Hudson County – $45,445
Hamilton Lakes Volunteer Fire Company, Burlington County – $32,762
Camden Fire Department, Camden County – $27,273
Magnolia Fire Company, Camden County – $24,886
Tuckerton Fire Company No. 1, Ocean County – $19,793
Union Fire Company No. 1 received a the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, as opposed to the AFG grant.