South Jersey Fire Departments Given More Than $2.5 Million in Funding

SOUTH JERSEY — Congressman Donald Norcross announced last week that 10 South Jersey fire departments have received over $2.5 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Agriculture.

In total, the fire departments were given $2,561,133 in funding to continue serving their communities.

“This federal funding will help protect those who are protecting us,” Norcross said. “We must do all we can to ensure our firefighters are as safe as possible when they are fighting fires, battling natural disasters and saving lives. This funding provides our first responders with the equipment and additional resources they need to best serve our communities day in and day out.”

From DHS’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program:

  • $1,438,476 to Voorhees Township
  • $418,400 to Berlin Fire Company
  • $269,697 to Gloucester City Fire Department and Camden Fire Department
  • $210,364 to Cherry Hill Fire District
  • $106,363 to Washington Township Fire Department
  • $42,073 to Gloucester Township Fire Department
  • $34,285 to Hi-Nella Fire Company
  • $22,428 to Glendora Volunteer Fire Company
  • $19,047 to Bellmawr Fire Department

The Westville Fire Department received $40,000 from the USDA Rural Development for two fifty-watt gas emergency generators.

“In the wake of hurricane season, including all of the other frequent types of storms that we have been experiencing lately, this funding comes at a critical time for our department,” Charles Murtaugh, Westville Fire District #1 Administrator said. “This backup generator will ensure that our first responders are prepared for emergency situations whenever they may strike. Keeping with the continuity of government, when the municipal building loses power, we also intend to offer the use of the Fire District offices to the Borough of Westville essential employees, ensuring all of Westville’s government services can keep running to serve our taxpayers during a power outage, this can all happen now thanks to our new generator. We thank Congressman Norcross for always fighting for the safety of our community and pushing for grants that take some of the burden off of our taxpayers.”