Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance: Milburn Fire Department To Receive $230K Federal Grant

May 22, 2017
Press Release
Homeland Security Funds Will Update Equipment

MILBURN, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced the Milburn  Fire Department was awarded a $231,613 federal grant to procure new safety equipment.  The Congressman joined Milburn Township Mayor Cheryl H. Burstein and Fire Chief Robert Echavarria in praising the firefighters with the Milburn Fire Department.

“Millburn is very deserving of this grant.  We need to provide our first responders with the best possible equipment so they can keep themselves and others safe in emergency situations.  All Fire Fighters need the peace-of-mind that they are working with the best tools.   This grant will go toward state-of-the-art equipment which will help them continue to effectively serve the community.  I commend the entire Milburn governing body for being proactive and requesting these funds,” said Lance.

The funding from the Department of Homeland Security will be used to replace 34 outdated self-contained breathing apparatus, upgrade an air compressor and purchase new face pieces for each member of the fire squad.

“Our firefighters put their lives at risk to keep the Township of Milburn and surrounding community’s residents safe,” added Mayor Burstein.  “These grant funds will play a critical role in modernizing the Milburn Fire Department and protecting those who protect our community every day.  It is with great gratitude that we accept this grant and we thank Congressman Lance for his continued support.”

As a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the Seventh District lawmaker has voted to increase federal investments for both the FIRE and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs.  These programs were created by Congress to help address the significant staffing, equipment, training and health and safety needs of our Nation's First Responders.