ROSELLE, NJ - The borough fire department has been awarded more than $22,000 in a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant, officials announced on Monday.
The grant funds - a total of $22,772 - will be used for reimbursement and projected 2021 COVID-19 related-expenses such as PPE, sanitation and other relevant supplies.
“These funds will allow the department to continue to provide critically-needed resources that equip personnel properly to ensure that our firefighters and community remain safe,” said Fire Chief Eric Pearson.
The department is also looking into purchasing Active Air Purifiers to help prevent the spread of the virus.
“Our firefighters have been on the front lines throughout the pandemic and this grant will help offset the costs associated with making sure the entire department has proper protection,” said Mayor Donald Shaw.
Securing these funds was a joint effort between the fire department and the borough’s grant writer, GLD Associates.
“During this difficult time last year, the Finance Committee has been pushing to ensure the borough recoups every cent possible through the various COVID-related grant programs out there,” said Councilman Brandon Bernier, chair of the Finance Committee. “Borough professionals have been working diligently to do just that, and I'm grateful to see their hard work paying off to assist our firefighters and residents.”