The award was jointly announced by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. The SAFER grant is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and can be used to retain, recruit and hire full-time firefighters.
"These new firefighters will be a wonderful addition to our department. We haven't hired any new firefighters since 2006 — for 10 years. It's always nice to have a breath of fresh air with new energy from new firefighters who are eager to serve the City of Camden," said Harper.
Camden Mayor Dana Redd echoed Harper, saying, "Keeping our families safe will always be a top priority for me and the addition of new firefighters will help build on the positive public safety momentum and gains we have made in the city."