The Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Department was one of six departments statewide to receive part of more than $640,000 in federal funding this week.
U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced Monday the awarding of the funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Monmouth Junction received the highest grant award at $231,434, money that can be invested in new equipment and training or safety operations.
“Our firefighters are ready to sacrifice everything in responding to emergencies and keeping our communities safe," said Sen. Menendez via release. "We are obligated to do everything we can to help them obtain the equipment that helps them work safely and effectively. I am proud to have fought to keep the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program from being eliminated in the last Congress. I am committed to fighting for federal resources to aid our first responders in the new congressional session.”
Locally, the East Windsor Volunteer Fire Department #2 also received a $45,000 grant through the program.