|For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2011
|CONTACT: Jason Galanes
LoBiondo Announces Open Application Period for Assistance to
Firefighters Grants Program
Congressman Hosted Workshop for South Jersey Fire & Rescue Departments in
July to Provide Overview of Application Process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After hosting a fire grant workshop for 2nd Congressional District fire and rescue departments in July, U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced the open period for local fire and rescue departments to apply for federal funding under the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP). The application period will begin on Monday, August 15th and will run thru Friday, September 9th with awards being announced later this year.
“Day in and day out, the men and women of our fire and rescue units are the first responders to emergency events in our communities. In addition to our deep gratitude, they deserve our support and available federal resources to assist them in their efforts to keep us safe,” said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. “Particularly in these difficult economic times, I strongly encourage the fire and rescue departments of South Jersey to take advantage of this critical funding source.”
U.S.Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo
AFGP competitive funding is used by the nation’s fire and rescue departments to increase the effectiveness of firefighting and emergency response operations and to improve personnel health and safety programs. The Fiscal Year 2011 program will distribute $404 million to first responder organizations across the country.
Since the program began in 2001, 118 of New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District fire organizations have received more than $23.7 million under AFGP. Applications can be found at www.fema.gov/firegrants.