U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced fire departments across New Jersey received a combined $472,814.50 in federal Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential supplies to protect firefighters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Locally, Hopewell Township received $29,571.43.
“Firefighters put their lives on the line every single day protecting their communities,” Menendez said in a prepared statement. “No doubt, the pandemic has made their jobs more challenging and has put their own health and safety at greater risk. This funding will ensure firehouses have the resources to equip first responders with the protective gear they need to ensure their safety, while they’re on the job protecting ours.”
“New Jersey’s brave first responders keep our families and our communities safe,” Booker said in the statement. “As our firefighters risk their own lives to protect those of others, particularly in the midst of this public health crisis, we must ensure they have the resources they need to remain out of harm’s way.”