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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Announces Grant for Burlington Township Fire Department

July 11, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that the Burlington Township Fire Department has received the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  In March of this year, Congressman MacArthur led a bipartisan request for additional funding to support the AFG Program. The Burlington Township Fire Department will receive $358,500 in AFG funds. 

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the Nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. Since 2001, the AFG Program has provided approximately $6.4 billion in grants to first-responder organizations.

“This is outstanding news for our Fire Department and for residents of Burlington Township,” said John Stewart, Director of Fire Services for Burlington Township. The grant money will ensure the safety of the brave men and women who put themselves in the line of duty, and it will allow the quickest and most efficient response to citizens in need of assistance. We appreciate the efforts of Congressman MacArthur on behalf of our Fire Department”

“This grant is wonderful news for the Burlington Township Fire Department and the community it serves,” said Congressman MacArthur. “The AFG grant will support the Department’s capabilities to respond to emergencies of all types with updated personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training. I have the greatest respect for the men and women with the courage to undertake such a perilous job, and I’m so pleased they will have the resources needed to protect themselves and our families.”