FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2012
Middletown, N.J. – On Friday, January 13, 2012, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. will visit Middletown Fire Department’s Navesink Hook & Ladder Fire Company station to announce a grant for nearly half a million dollars that will help ensure the safety of the Middletown community. The $465,320 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) will be used to purchase new radios to replace equipment made obsolete by new Federal Communications Commission standards.
During his visit the Congressman will tour the fire station and discuss the importance of public safety with Middletown officials including Mayor Anthony Fiore, Fire Chief Andrew Spears and other local leaders.
“When dealing with public safety issues, having modernized communications equipment can mean the difference between life and death,” said Pallone. “This funding will make a difference locally by making it safer for firefighters and first responders to do their jobs and save lives.”
In 2011, over one million dollars in grant money was awarded to fire departments in the sixth Congressional district to improve community emergency services. Pallone recently announced a $175,468 grant to the Ocean Township Fire District 1 for a new breathing apparatus, which will replace 36 units that are at the end of their useful life as well as $617,500 to acquire equipment like pump trucks, rescue vehicles, ambulances and fireboats.
“At a time when other funding is being cut for critical services such as public safety, health and education, it’s more important than ever that the federal government step in with critical support to protect our communities.”