Bayonne Fire Department to receive 74k federal grant

Funds are needed to cover COVID-19 expenses

The Bayonne Fire Department will receive a federal grant for $74,090.91 to help with COVID-19 costs.

“The City of Bayonne welcomes this federal grant, which will help the Fire Department cover expenses during the Coronavirus pandemic,” Mayor James Davis said. “We would like to thank our Congressional delegation and our grant consultants in Washington for helping us to secure this important funding.”

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Senators secure funds

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced a combined $362,948.05 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sept. 9.

The funding aims to ensure fire departments across New Jersey have adequate equipment and staffing to protect the communities they serve, and to purchase additional personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to combat COVID-19.

“I’m thankful to all the men and women across our state who risk their lives to protect our families and communities,” said Sen. Menendez. “New Jersey’s firefighters and first responders need our support now more than ever, and this funding will ensure they have the personnel, equipment, and supplies to continue doing their jobs safely.”

“Our firefighters and first responders are there for use when we need it most, and it’s crucial that we are there for them in return,” said Sen. Booker. “We must ensure New Jersey’s brave firefighters have the latest training, equipment, and adequate staffing to keep themselves and our communities safe.”

Much-needed equipment

Fire departments, including Bayonne’s, have been awarded Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These grants help local fire departments and EMS organizations acquire new equipment and vehicles to enhance their response capabilities, as well as allow them to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.

The CARES Act provided supplemental AFG funding to help local first responders purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies. The funds aim to help firefighters prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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