Friday, September 19, 2014
Pallone Announces $36,100 in Federal Funding for First Responders in Asbury Park & Keyport
WASHINGTON, DC —Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the Asbury Park Fire Department has been awarded $24,700 and the Keyport Fire Department has been awarded $11,400 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program is part of a coordinated, ongoing effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration to improve the nation’s ability to respond to emergency situations.
"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,” said Congressman Pallone. “I am very pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has selected Asbury Park and Keyport to receive these federal grants. These funds will enhance the response capabilities of our emergency personnel, making our community an even safer place to live.”
Grants under the AFG program are awarded directly to fire departments and non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations for emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training. In Fiscal Year 2013, the AFG program will provide approximately $320 million in competitive grants to first-responder organizations.