FEMA Grant will Help Brigantine (NJ) Replace Equipment

Brigantine’s Fire Department (NJ) has received a $218,000 grant from FEMA for training and replacement equipment lost in Hurricane Sandy.

The push for federal aid was one of the last major initiatives undertaken by Chief Jim Holl, who died unexpectedly in June at age 51.

“He really was an innovator and someone who was always looking out for the department,” Mayor Phil Guenther said. “He looked for sources of revenue and funding that would enhance the operation and lessen the burden on taxpayers.”

Holl, a 27-year veteran of the department, was posthumously named chief after being appointed to the post on an interim basis more than a year ago. No replacement chief has been named, as the city hired an interim public safety director in June to oversee the three departments.

The money, which was allocated through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant, will be used to help purchase portable radios and provide additional training.

“By all accounts, (Holl) was a dedicated fireman, veteran and family man who is dearly missed by the city he served,” Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said in a written statement. “Chief Holl is a perfect example of why our firefighters deserve nothing less than our best efforts to help them obtain the training and equipment they need.”

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