Pomona Volunteer Fire Association #3 Receives First Grant under Program
U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that Pomona Volunteer Fire Association #3 will receive $132,335 in federal funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This is their first fire grant, making it the 110th fire and rescue organization in New Jersey?s 2nd Congressional District to receive funding. To date, nearly $18.5 million has been awarded locally since the program began in 2001.
?This is outstanding news for not only for the fire department but for the entire Pomona community,? said LoBiondo. ?All too often we get wrapped up in what is going on in our own lives, taking for granted that our families will be safe. We have faith that when there is an emergency, 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.?
?This funding will allow us to upgrade the breathing apparatus? we use and purchase new air packs. We simply couldn?t afford to do this on our own,? said Pomona Volunteer Fire Association #3 Chief Skip Portale. ?We are thrilled to death and couldn?t be more appreciative of Congressman LoBiondo and his efforts. He is a true friend of the fire service in Atlantic County.?
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 six 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 2008.