At the Hackensack Fire Department on Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the US Rescue Plan firefighter grant program.
The pandemic has presented a new set of challenges and risks for first responders, in addition to the dangers they face every day on the job. The grants, of up to $75,000, will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with appropriate protective, cleaning and disinfecting equipment.
“Faced with new challenges and obstacles throughout the pandemic, New Jersey firefighters have remained steadfast in their commitment to the safety of their neighbors,” Murphy said May 16. , whose courage and abnegation in the face of danger demand nothing less. By launching this program, we are demonstrating our commitment to the safety and peace of mind of those entrusted with our protection.
The grants, administered by the Division of Local Government Services and funded by $10 million of state fiscal stimulus funds from the U.S. bailout, will prioritize volunteer fire departments, as well as community services who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
“Firefighters have worked on the front lines with our medical and law enforcement professionals throughout this pandemic, and Governor Murphy and I are grateful for the heroic work they do every day to save lives. “said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. “The grant program for firefighters will help provide the essential resources they need to ensure their safety and well-being so they can continue to do their jobs.”
“We are now getting even more federal dollars back to support our local fire departments and first responders, especially for our little ones where resources are even more limited. This essential investment will not only keep our communities, our families and our brave first responders safe, but it will also help reduce our property taxes and make life more affordable for Jersey families,” said the U.S. Representative. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “The new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant program recovers critical federal resources from Washington for the Jersey Fire Department – to protect our communities, families, firefighters and paramedics. We must always have the backs of our first responders.
“As a two-time fire chief with over 46 years of experience in the fire service, I understand how incredibly important it is for first responders to have the resources and tools to act at any time. time and at the highest level,” said Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco.
“The health and safety of firefighters is the number one priority of this IAFF,” said IAFF General Chairman Edward Kelly. “On behalf of the 327,000 members of the International Association of Fire Fighters, and especially our brothers and sisters in the Garden State, I want to thank Governor Murphy for establishing the Firefighters Grant Program.”