LoBiondo Announces $133,000 Fire Grant for Laureldale Volunteer Fire Rescue Company

Last Edited: Sep 09, 2018 4:32 PM -04:00

U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) of $133,334 in federal funding to the Laureldale Volunteer Fire Rescue Company in Hamilton Township.

Since the program began in 2001, New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District fire and emergency response organizations have received more than $27 million under AFG.

“It is critical for our first responders to have the necessary resources to do their jobs safely and effectively. This federal funding will go a long way to ensure the men and women of the Laureldale Volunteer Fire Rescue Company are equipped and protected for the dangerous jobs they do,” said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. “In these final months in office, I will continue to strongly support the AFG program and work closely with our local mayors and first responders for additional resources to keep our communities safe.”

This is the third AFG award for the Laureldale Volunteer Fire Rescue Company. Previous awards of $35,468 (December 2007) and $114,000 (January 2006) were announced.

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 2017 program will award approximately $345 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. Congressman LoBiondo’s office hosts 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 the seminars for more than a decade. More information can be found at fema.gov/firegrants/


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