By: Jaina Louise Winston, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Services Intern
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Through the Department of Homeland Security, six local fire departments in South Jersey are set to receive a combined total of more than $358,000 in federal grant funding.
The allocated money has been sent to the local fire departments to support their operation and safety. The South Jersey fire departments receiving the money include the Cherry Hill fire district, Winslow Township fire district, Gloucester Township, Audubon Township, Glassboro Township, and Haddon Fire Company.
U.S Congressman Donald Norcross announced the federal grant funding on September 10.
“Our first responders are more vital to us now than ever before, and this federal funding will help protect those who are keeping us safe through the pandemic,” Norcross said in a press release. “We must do all we can to ensure our firefighters are as safe and well-equipped as possible to respond to fires, battle natural disasters, and save lives. These resources will allow our local fire departments to better their programs and equipment, so that the ones who run toward danger have the support they need to do their job best.”
The grant will enable the fire stations to ensure that the firemen and women have the proper tools and equipment to combat dangerous tasks while protecting themselves and others. Most fire departments are mostly made up of volunteers, so it can be costly to ensure all firefighters are properly equipped. According to Spring Mill fire Company, a firefighter’s full set of gear can cost up to $16,000.
While both federal and state governments provide grants, local community support of fire stations will always be important for the success of local communities and their respective fire stations.
Below is the full list of fire departments that received funding:
- Cherry Hill Fire District ($176,422)
- Winslow Township Fire District No. 1 ($113,029)
- Gloucester Township ($36,219)
- Audubon ($16,619)
- Glassboro ($13,726)
- Haddon Fire Company No. 1 of Haddonfield ($2,827)
All of the funding was provided by the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Winslow Township Fire District No. 1, Audubon, Glassboro, and Haddon Fire Company No. 1 of Haddonfield all got funding from the AFG’s COVID-19 Supplemental program.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.