SEA BRIGHT: The borough's fire department has been awarded $242,820 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.
A post on the Sea Bright Fire Rescue Facebook page states that the funds will be used to "replace equipment that was damaged, destroyed or lost during Superstorm Sandy."
According to a release from Congressman Frank Pallone's office, the AFG program is part of a coordinated, ongoing effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration to improve the nation’s ability to respond to emergency situations.
“It is vital that our brave firefighters have all the resources and tools they need to protect the safety of the public and themselves in the case of an emergency situation,” Pallone said in the release. “I am thrilled that the Department of Homeland Security has selected the Sea Bright Fire Departmentto receive this federal grant."
Grants awarded under the AFG program are given directly to fire departments and non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations for emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.