160px-FranklobiondoU.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that volunteer fire departments in Marmora and Landisville will share $71,725 in federal funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. More than $23 million has been awarded locally to 116 organizations in the 2nd District since the program began in 2001.

“During these difficult economic times, each of us knows that every dollar can make a huge impact. This federal support could not have come at a better time and I know the volunteer fire departments in Marmora and Landisville will make wise use of this funding,” said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. “I will continue to support South Jersey’s first responders and critical programs like AFG.”

The Marmora Volunteer Fire Department will receive $41,800 as their second AFG award. Previously, they were awarded $123,500 in 2007. “I was glad to get the call from Congressman LoBiondo,” Fire Chief Jay Newman said. The funding will go to new communications equipment, including portable radios and pagers for the 60-person volunteer fire department.

Likewise, the Landisville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. will receive $29,925 in federal funding. This is their third AFG award with previous awards totaling $143,145 (2004) and $475,000 (2008).

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awards grants directly to fire departments and emergency services to support their efforts to protect the communities they serve. The Fiscal Year 2010 program will distribute $390 million to first responder organizations across the country to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources required to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. For the last eight years, Congressman LoBiondo’s office has hosted local seminars for area fire departments to highlight the benefits of this grant program and assist with the application process. The Fiscal Year 2010 program received 16,231 applications nationwide.

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