WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bayonne Fire Department will receive a grant of nearly $75,000 for the purchase and installation of machines to clean firefighter’s emergency turnout gear in firehouses across the city. 

The funding, secured by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker is part of a combined $362,948.05 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure fire departments across New Jersey have adequate equipment and staffing to protect the communities they serve, and to purchase additional personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to combat COVID-19.

“Bayonne is safer and our firefighters are healthier because of this grant secured by Senators Menendez and Booker,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said. “As always we can be grateful for the work they are doing in Washington to make our city even stronger.

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Offering his gratitude to “the men and women across our state who risk their lives to protect our families and communities,” Menendez said that “New Jersey’s firefighters and first responders need our support now more than ever and this funding will ensure they have the personnel, equipment and supplies to continue doing their jobs safely.”

Speaking to the need for the equipment Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver told TAPinto Bayonne that “every time a firefighter responds to an alarm they risk being exposed to pathogens and carcinogens that live long after the fire is out.”

“Something as simple as offering first responders the opportunity to properly clean their turnout gear makes a huge difference,” Weaver added. 

“Our firefighters and first responders are there for use when we need it most, and it’s crucial that we are there for them in return,” said Sen. Booker. “We must ensure New Jersey’s brave firefighters have the latest training, equipment, and adequate staffing to keep themselves and our communities safe.”

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