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December 1, 2003

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994


DEP Awards Federal Funds to Support Volunteer Fire Departments

(03/172) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced a commitment of $200,000 in federal funds to assist rural volunteer fire departments with rural and wildland fire protection.

Approximately $100,000 was awarded to rural volunteer fire departments with an additional $100,000 grant availability in 2004 through the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program.

"These funds help rural volunteer fire departments save lives and protect property in wooded areas," said Commissioner Campbell. "The matching grants will provide even more training and state of the art equipment to the state's many volunteer fire departments ensuring greater safety in the rural areas of New Jersey."

The $100,000 earmarked was awarded to 50 New Jersey volunteer fire departments and communities from the federal Volunteer Fire Assistance Program in the following counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Sussex and Warren. The grants provide funding to organize, train and equip fire departments in rural communities to prevent and suppress fires.

The approved grants, recommended by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, were provided by the U.S. Forest Service Grant Program. Grant recipients must provide a 50 percent match for each project.

The Volunteer Fire Assistance Program was initially authorized in 1972. According to the U.S. Forest Service, of the more than 35,000 local fire agencies nationwide, 75 percent are volunteer and provide nearly 80 percent of initial attack on wildland fires in the United States.

New Jersey fire departments, counties, towns and communities serving rural communities with a population of 10,000 or less are encouraged to apply for the next round of funding by Feb. 1, 2004.

DEP's Forest Fire Service administers the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program. To receive a grant application, call the NJ Forest Fire Service at (609) 292-2977.

A list of grant awards follows.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded in 2003

County Municipality Fire Company Amount
Atlantic   Weymouth Twp.   Dorothy Volunteer Fire Company   $1,500.00
    Egg Harbor   Green Bank Vol. Fire Co.   $2,742.00
    Egg Harbor City   Lower Bank Vol. Fire Company   $2,659.00
    Egg Harbor / Egg Harbor City   Egg Harbor City Fire Department   $1,500.00
    Egg Harbor/ Egg Harbor City   South Egg Harbor Fire Company   $1,300.00
    Estell Manor/ Estell Manor City   Estell Manor City Fire Co.   $2,000.00
    Mays Landing/ Hamilton Twp.   Laureldale Fire and Rescue   $2,000.00
    Sweetwater/ Mullica Twp.   Sweetwater Volunteer Fire Co.   $2,500.00
    Vineland/ Buena Vista Twp.   Buena Vista Twp. Fire District #2   $1,500.00
Burlington   Chatsworth/ Woodland Twp.   Chatsworth Vol. Fire Co.   $2,271.00
    Chatsworth/ Woodland Twp.   Lebanon Lakes Vol. Fire Co.   $2,355.00
    Cookstown/ New Hanover Twp.   Cookstown Vol. Fire Company   $1,850.00
    Shamong   Indian Mills Vol. Fire Co.   $2,521.00
    Tabernacle   Tabernacle Fire District # 1   $2,576.00
Camden   Gibbsboro/ Gibbsboro Boro   Gibbsboro Fire Company # 1   $2,400.00
    Pine Hill/ Pine Hill Boro   Pine Hill Fire District # 1   $2,000.00
    Sicklerville/ Winslow Twp.   Winslow Twp. Fire District # 1   $2,000.00
Cape May   Dennisville/ Dennis Twp.   Dennis Vol. Fire Company   $2,000.00
    Green Creek/ Middle Twp.   Green Creek Vol. Fire Co.   $2,000.00
    Ocean View/ Dennis Twp.   Oceanview Fire Company   $2,000.00
    Woodbine/Woodbine Boro   Belleplain Vol. Fire Co.   $2,000.00
Cumberland   Fortescue   Fortescue Volunteer Fire Co.   $2,000.00
    Heislerville/ Maurice River Twp.   Bd. Of Fire Comm., Heislerville   $2,500.00
    Millville/ Commercial Twp.   Laurel Lake Fire Company   $2,000.00
Hunterdon   Clinton   Pattenburg Vol. Fire Company   $2,050.00
Mercer   Titusville/ Hopewell Twp.   Hopewell Twp. Fire District # 1   $2,000.00
Middlesex   South Amboy   City of South Amboy   $775.00
Monmouth   Farmingdale/ Farmingdale Boro.   Farmingdale Fire Company   $1,193.00
    Freehold   Bd. of Fire Comm. Fire Dist. # 1   $2,022.00
Ocean   Island Heights/ Dover Twp.   Island Heights Vol. Fire Co. # 1   $2,355.00
    Manahawkin/ Stafford Twp.   Stafford Twp. Vol Fire Co. # 1   $1,801.00
    South Toms River   Borough of South Toms River   $2,511.00
    Tuckerton   Tuckerton Vol. Fire Company   $2,438.00
    Waretown/ Ocean Twp.   Waretown Fire Company   $2,548.00
Passaic   Macopin/ West Milford Twp.   Macopin Fire Company   $1,500.00
    Ringwood/ Ringwood Boro   Erskine Lakes Vol. Fire Co. # 1   $2,000.00
Sussex   Andover   Andover Borough Vol. Fire Dept.   $1,200.00
    Augusta/ Frankford Twp.   Frankford Twp. Fire Department   $1,850.00
    Newton   Fredon Volunteer Fire Company   $2,350.00
    Stillwater   Stillwater Area Vol. Fire Co.   $1,500.00
    Stockholm/ Hardyston Twp.   Hardyston Twp. Vol. Fire Dept.   $1,750.00
    Sussex   Sussex Fire Department   $1,850.00
    Wantage Twp.   Wantage Twp. Fire Department   $2,000.00
Warren   Allamuchy/ Allamuchy Twp.   Allamuchy Twp. Vol. Fire Dept.   $2,000.00
    Great Meadows/ Liberty Twp.   Independence Twp. Fire Dept.   $1,700.00
    Hackettstown   The Town of Hackettstown   $1,500.00
    Hope/ Hope Twp.   Hope Vol. Fire Department   $2,050.00
    Mountain Lake/ Liberty Twp.   Mountain Lake Fire Company   $1,750.00
    Phillipsburg   Harmony Twp. Vol. Fire Co.   $2,150.00
    Stewartsville/ Greenwich Twp.   Stewartsville Vol. Fire Company   $2,050.00



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