3rd Fire Grant for Department
U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that the Pleasantville Fire Department will receive $189,460 in federal funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will go towards the purchase of air-packs and additional firefighting gear. This award follows two previous grants of $88,380 (January 2004) and $54,810 (December 2002). To date, more than $19.3 million has been awarded locally to 112 organizations in the 2nd District since the program began in 2001.
?This is certainly positive news for the firefighters of the Pleasantville Fire Department and the residents of the community they serve,? said LoBiondo. ?When there is an emergency, we know the men and women of our fire and rescue units will be there. I will continue to support critical programs like AFG to ensure they have the resources needed to keep our communities safe.?
?Given the economic situation the state and the country is in, without this federal money I wouldn?t be able to meet the standards set for our equipment and that would jeopardize our firefighters? safety. This is very exciting news and I am thankful to Congressman LoBiondo and everyone who makes the fire grant program possible,? said Pleasantville Fire Chief Leroy Borden.
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. For the 2008 program, Congress appropriated, and President Bush signed into law, $560 million in direct assistance 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 Department of Homeland Security?s Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. For the last seven years, Congressman LoBiondo?s office has hosted local seminars for area fire departments to highlight the benefits of this grant program, with the most recent seminar in February.