LoBiondo Announces Fire Grant for Absecon

Jul 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for the Absecon City Fire Company No. 1. Since the program began in 2001, New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District fire and emergency response organizations have received more than $25 million under AFG.

“First responders put their lives on the line for South Jersey residents every day. Their dedication to ensuring our safety is one of a kind,” said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. “The AFG program continues to provide first responders with the equipment they need to get the job done, which saves lives and protects our communities.”

For their sixth AFG grant, $28,091 was awarded to the Absecon City Fire Company No. 1. In previous years, the fire company has received $8,100, $16,000, $68,400, $113,173, and $130,316 from the federal program.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awards grants directly to fire departments and emergency services to support their efforts to protect the communities they serve. The Fiscal Year 2016 program will award approximately $310.5 million in competitive grants to first responder organizations across the country to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources required to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the program. Last summer Congressman LoBiondo’s office hosted two local seminars for area fire departments to highlight the benefits of this grant program and assist with the application process. They were held in cooperation with Senator Cory Booker’s office. LoBiondo has sponsored similar seminars for more than a decade. More information can be found at www.fema.gov/firegrants/

 

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