FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 2, 2012
First Responders to Receive Funds for Improved Equipment and Training Opportunities
WASHINGTON D.C.—Today, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) announced the Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad will be awarded a $13,381 grant under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
“Thanks to this grant, the Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad will have more resources for training and equipment so they may continue to provide valuable, free medical services in the community,” said Pallone.
The AFG program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security and is part of a coordinated effort to improve the nation’s ability to respond to emergencies.
The Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad is an all-volunteer emergency medical services and rescue operation which provides the Atlantic Highlands with free, around-the-clock emergency medical services. The Squad will be able to use the funds for training and equipment.
In 2011, under the U.S Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, the AFG Program delivered more than $380 million in competitive grants to the nation’s fire departments and first responders. The Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad competed with fire departments and first responders throughout the country and were awarded funding based on the strength and success of the organization and their applications.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2011
Middletown Township Fire Department will receive $465,320
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. Wednesday announced that two fire departments that serve his constituents in Ocean Township and Middletown have each been awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). Ocean Township Fire District 1 will receive $175,468 and the Middletown Township Fire Department will receive $465,320. The Ocean Township fire department will spend the grant on a new breathing apparatus which will replace 36 units that are at the end of their useful life. The Middletown Fire Department will purchase new radios to replace radios made obsolete by new Federal Communications Commission standards.
“Christmas has come early this year for these local fire departments, because without this grant it would be difficult to afford this necessary equipment,” said Pallone. “This funding will make a difference locally by making it safer for local firefighters and first responders to do their job and save lives.”
The AFG program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security and is part of a coordinated effort to improve the nation’s ability to respond to emergency situations.
Over the past year, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded to fire departments in the sixth Congressional district to improve community emergency services.
President Obama marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks and pays tribute to the first responders, those serving our nation in the military, and those who lost their lives on that tragic day.