PATERSON, NJ - Just days after the Paterson Fire Department fought a 5-alarm blaze at the Straight and Narrow rehabilitation complex Congressman Bill Pascrell announced the awarding of a $289,450 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).

The program, created by legislation Pascrell ushered through Congress and was signed by President Bill Clinton in 2000, provides “direct support to eligible fire departments to help them meet the demanding and ever-evolving nature of their work,” a statement read.

“The brave men and women of the Paterson Fire Department put their lives on the line every day to keep our community safe,” Pascrell said. Saying that the rapid response by firefighters to Sunday’s blaze prevented any loss of life Pascrell added that “our fire professionals always need ample resources to do their duty,” and that three dollars will continue to provide Paterson’s Bravest with the tools to be prepared for any emergency.”

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Thanking the venerable statesman for his continued efforts on behalf of Paterson in the nation’s capital, Mayor Andre Sayegh said the grant gets the firefighters, whom he termed brave and selfless heroes, “what they need to succeed.”

The funding, Fire Chief Brian McDermott, said, will he used largely to purchase devices that will help to capture carcinogens emitted from apparatus diesel exhaust pipes, helping to reduce carbon emissions inside fire houses.

“No longer will walls be covered in diesel dust putting firefighters at further risk of a reduced life span.”


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