Pallone Announces $269,310 SAFER Grant for the Asbury Park Fire Department
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced Wednesday that the Asbury Park Fire Department was awarded a $269,310 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. Funds under the SAFER program are intended to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.
"I am very pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has selected the Asbury Park Fire Department to receive this federal grant," said Congressman Pallone. "These funds will allow Asbury Park to hire additional firefighters and first responders, making the community an even safer place to live. It is critical that our brave first responders have all the tools necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and themselves in the case of an emergency and I will continue to support federal funding in these areas.”
The goal of SAFER grants is to enhance the ability of fire departments across the country to maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. This funding allows departments to increase the number of frontline firefighters on staff, as well as enlist and retain volunteer firefighters who are properly trained in the operations of firefighting and emergency response. The SAFER program provides approximately $340 million in competitive grants to fire departments and statewide or local volunteer firefighter support groups.
The AFG program is part of a coordinated ongoing effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security to improve the nation’s ability to respond to emergency situations.