MIL-OSI USA: Congressman Kim Helps Secure $317,000 in Grant Funding for Local Fire Departments

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03)

WILLINGBORO, N.J. – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced that five NJ-03 fire departments were selected to receive a total of $317,000 in grant funding Congressman Kim helped secure as a part of the American Rescue Plan to provide first responders with proper protective and cleaning equipment.

“I am proud to have been able to help bring federal dollars directly back to the men and women on the frontlines keeping our communities safe here in New Jersey,” said Congressman Kim. “For all our firefighters do to protect us, it is so important we help them get the equipment and gear they need to stay healthy and safe on the job. I am proud to be able to help connect departments across our community through my office’s grants assistance with funding made available through the American Rescue Plan to honor our firefighters’ service and look out for their needs.”

Congressman Kim helped five fire departments in New Jersey’s 3rd District secure funding from the FY24 American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program (ARPFFG), including:

  • $50,000 for the Robbinsville Township Fire Department in Mercer County

  • $48,000 for the Pemberton Township Fire Department in Burlington County

  • $72,000 for the Good Will Fire Company of Pemberton New Jersey in Burlington County

  • $74,000 for the Bordentown Township Fire District 2 in Burlington County

  • $73,000 for the Shamong Township Fire Department in Burlington County

Congressman Kim secured federal funding for the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program through the American Rescue Plan, which he voted to pass into law in 2021. The grant program is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) to help local and regional fire departments in New Jersey provide first responders with proper protective and cleaning equipment. Fire departments will use the funding for protective gear, cleaning equipment, oxygen equipment, personal protective equipment, and other fire and/or virus protection equipment.

“The Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Mayor Fried, and Fire Chief Schaffener are extremely thankful to Congressman Andy Kim and his staff for their assistance and support during the ARPFFG application process. We would like to thank Congressman Kim for making the health and safety of firefighters a top priority, as this funding would not be possible without the support of our state and federal legislators. Support such as this will enable our firefighters to be outfitted with safe, compliant, personal protective equipment that will have a direct impact on daily operations. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department has been continually focused on obtaining grant funding to meet the needs of our residents while providing much needed relief to our taxpayers.  Without the support of our state and federal legislators, such as Congressman Kim, these opportunities would not be available to the hundreds of New Jersey fire departments and firefighters,” said Fire Chief Daniel J. Schaffener, Robbinsville Township Fire Department.

“We are grateful for Congressman Kim’s continued support for providing ARPA FFG funding that meets the needs of our Volunteer Fire Department and demonstrates his and the Township’s continued commitment to providing fire suppression and emergency services to Township residents. This funding will directly benefit our volunteers through the acquisition of new turnout gear,” said Mayor Jack Tompkins, Pemberton Township.

“The ARPA firefighting grant will be a big boost to our all-Volunteer department and will help us outfit our firefighters with personal protective equipment to protect our homes, farms and businesses throughout the town. Without this grant, purchasing this essential equipment would not have been possible. We are grateful to Congressman Kim for his support in obtaining this funding,” said Chief Chad Bozoski and Assistant Chief Matt Wilson, Good Will Fire Department.

“Once again, Fire District #2 thanks Congressman Andy Kim for his personal support for Fire District #2 and the residents and visitors to Bordentown Township. Congressman Kim has routinely endorsed grant applications submitted by Fire District #2,” said Chief Robert MacFarland, Bordentown Township Fire District #2.

“The leadership and members of Indian Mills Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank Congressman Andy Kim for listening to our concerns, fighting for funding for our district, and supporting our grant application with a letter of support and recommendation from his office,” said President Charles Burgin, Indian Mills Volunteer Fire Company in Shamong.

Congressman Kim is the Ranking Member on the Military Personnel Subcommittee, and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party. More information about Congressman Kim’s accessibility, his work serving New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, and information on newsletters and his monthly town halls can be found on his website by clicking here.