U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo announced that the West Cape May Volunteer Fire Company will receive $8,900 in federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to recruit, train and retain firefighters. The funding was awarded from DHS’ Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
“This funding will definitely make an impact for the West Cape May Volunteer Fire Company who, like so many of our fire and emergency units, has had difficulty recruiting and retaining first responders to keep our communities safe,” said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. “I will continue to be a strong advocate for our men and women who serve as first responders in our communities, fighting to ensure they have the resources and support needed for which they rightly deserve.”
Similar to the popular Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) which grants federal funding in one-year grants directly to fire departments to support the nation’s firefighters, the SAFER program will award approximately $420 million in competitive grants to local fire departments specifically for the recruitment and retention of volunteer and professional firefighters.