The Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company 1 will receive $108,830 in federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to train and hire new firefighters.
The funding, awarded through FEMA's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) programs, "will help provide New Jersey fire departments with the tools and staffing they need to keep our communities safe,” Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG and SAFER programs, said in a press release. “Firefighters must have the support to do their jobs and protect our families and we’ll keep working hard to make sure they have the resources they need.”
The funding will be distributed as follows:
- Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Company will receive a $108,830 SAFER grant for recruitment.
- Winfield Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $90,342 AFG grant for operations and safety.
- Burlington Township Fire District will receive a $64,351 AFG grant for operations and safety.
“It is fantastic to receive this type of call from Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo’s office,” Beach Haven Mayor Robert Keeler said in a press release. “Good news after Hurricane Sandy is slow coming. This is very positive for the community of Beach Haven and our fire company, who serve so many on the island.” LoBiondo is a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus.