Hoboken FD Gets Huge Grant

The Journal reported a while ago that the Hoboken Fire Department is in line to receive a $1 million dollar grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

It was announced yesterday by Albio Sires, a U.S. Rep. from West New York. Officials said it will be used to finance the payroll for the new firefighters and recruits.

This is in the top 10% of largest federal fire departments grants for staffing in the country. It was the largest grant awarded in New Jersey, and more than 240 of the 260 other departments receiving grants.

The annual grants come from FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007 2:51 pm

Great! Now how can we assure that this money is not going to the highest paid fire chief in the region (including NYC) or his friends and relatives, and relatives and friends of officers in the HFD?

This is not to indict everyone there, as I know many are outstanding people — but I want to make the above point. Thank you.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 9:49 am

Perhaps now the Hoboken FD will be able to fight fires without the constant assistance of both the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue and Jersey City Fire Departments. ❓

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 11:35 pm

From the FEMA site:

This activity provides 5-year grants to assist fire departments in paying a portion of the salaries of newly hired firefighters. These newly hired positions must be in addition to currently authorized and/or funded active firefighter positions. Grantees are required to match an increasing proportion of the salary awarded over a 4-year period; in the fifth year of the grant, the grantee must absorb the entire cost of any positions awarded as a result of the grant. The Federal share of salaries and associated benefits is limited to a total of $105,425 per position over the course of the performance period.

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