HOBOKEN, NJ - The Hoboken Fire Department is one of dozens across New Jersey to secure funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker have announced. 

Fire Chief Brian Crimmins told TAPinto Hoboken that the $122,000 in funding will be used to modify all four of the city’s firehouses with new diesel exhaust removal systems. The new, modern systems, he said, will create a healthier and safer environment for firefighters, employees, and visitors by removing carbon monoxide and other carcinogenic gases and particles. 

“We have already started planning and expect to have the new vehicle exhaust removal systems installed within the next 12 months, Crimmins said, adding that he was please that Hoboken received the funding to keep first responders and residents safe, especially during the current pandemic. “We continue to do everything we can to upgrade our infrastructure through alternative sources of funding.” and I know the grant will be put to good use within our firehouses. 

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The grant, which was part of a total of $3.2 million Menendez and Booker announced, will pay for 90% of the new system, with the City covering the cost of 10%. It will also, according to city officials, save money on continued maintenance costs. 

“New Jersey’s first responders play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of our residents and they need our support,” Menendez said, with Booker adding that as first responders work to protect others in the midst of this ongoing public health crisis, “we must ensure they have the resources they need to stay safe and healthy.”

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