The Gloucester City Fire Department received a grant for more than $57,000, which will be used to replace an exhaust system at the firehouse.
The department netted a $57,143 Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), according to U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, who said the funding "ensures a critical layer of protection for our firefighters."
The funding will be used to replace an exhaust system that vents diesel fumes from firefighting apparatus.
“This money is a long time coming,” Gloucester City Administrator Jack Lipsett said. “It should completely remedy the issue at our firehouse and we’re grateful to Congressman Norcross for his continued support of our firefighters.”
In August 2015, the department received a $596,298 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, which enabled the department to retain three full-time firefighters with pay and benefits.
Norcross supported that and other grant applications from fire departments across New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District.
“It’s just as important for our first responders to be safe at their place of work as it is in the field when they’re battling fires and saving lives,” he said.