The federal government has awarded a $152,728 grant to the city to purchase protective gear for 80 firefighters, government officials announced.
The grant is part of the Firefighter Investment Response Enhancement program, known as FIRE, created in 2000 by a law introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-Paterson. Pascrell and New Jersey’s U.S. senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both Democrats announced the award in a news release.
Pascrell said he wrote a letter earlier this year to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support Passaic’s application for the money, which is slated to pay for new turnout gear, the protective equipment and clothing worn by firefighters. The Department of Homeland Security made the award.
The FIRE program has provided more than $8 billion to local fire departments across the country and hundreds of millions to New Jersey, according to officials. Passaic has now received a total of $858,328 in four grants.
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