The Hoboken Fire Department will hire four new personnel after winning a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) award totaling $1,177,988.28, according to U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.
“The safety of our towns and inhabitants is one of the most fundamental services the government can give, and I am delighted to advocate at every opportunity for New Jersey police agencies to receive SAFER funding,” Menendez said in a statement.
This grant will assist local fire departments in enhancing safety and enhancing services, while also aiding our valiant firefighters in their heroic efforts to save lives.
The Ship Bottom and Toms River Fire Departments also earned SAFER grants for recruiting and retention of firefighters in the amounts of $441,600 and $508,256, respectively.
In the instance of Hoboken, the funds will be sufficient to support four firemen’ salaries for four years.
“Every day, our valiant firemen put their lives on the line to defend us. These subsidies will allow fire departments to respond quickly to emergencies and maintain the safety of their communities, Booker noted.
“These essential monies will allow the city to hire more competent firefighters, enabling the Hoboken Fire Department to better protect and defend our community,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla, who also praised U.S. Representative Rob Menendez (D-8) for his assistance.
SAFER awards are funded at the national level by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Rob Menendez noted, “This SAFER funding will ensure that the Hoboken Fire Department has greater resources to continue the selfless and devoted work that its firefighters conduct every day in one of the most densely populated areas of New Jersey.”
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