Federal Grants to Fifth District Firefighters Up $5.2 Million Since 2016 — Helps Fight Fires and Terror 

TEANECK, N.J. — This week, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer was endorsed for reelection by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJ FMBA), which represents more than 5,000 active firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers across the state of New Jersey. At the event, Gottheimer was joined by Ed Donnelly, NJ FMBA President, who touted Gottheimer’s leadership and support of firefighters and first responders.  

Since Gottheimer took office, the Fifth District has clawed back more than $5.2 million in Assistance to Firefighters Grants. These are dollars that will go to protecting our security for New Jersey instead of going to Moocher States. Gottheimer has also worked with town, county, and state officials to take steps towards ensuring New Jersey first responders have all of the information they need about hazardous and harmful materials traveling through towns’ rails. 

“When I first ran for Congress, I promised to fight to ensure that our firefighters and all our first responders had the training, resources, and support they needed to protect themselves and their communities. Since being sworn in, I’ve worked every day to fulfill that promise and support those who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. I am thrilled to report that, through working with local fire departments, police departments, and towns to apply for and win federal grants, we’ve clawed back more than $5.2 million in Assistance to Firefighters Grants. But the work’s not done. I am honored to have the support of the NJ FMBA as I work to continue the fight for Jersey firefighters and Jersey families,” said Congressman Gottheimer. 

“On behalf of the over 5,000 Firefighters, EMTs and Dispatchers we represent, I am pleased to endorse Josh Gottheimer for Congress. Now, more than ever we need true partners to stand alongside public safety personnel during this pandemic. Josh has proven in his time in office that he is, and will continue to be a staunch supporter of New Jersey’s First Responders,” said Eddie Donnelly, President, NJ FMBA. 

In Congress, Gottheimer serves as a member of the bipartisan Congressional Fire Services Caucus and the bipartisan Law Enforcement Caucus. He has co-sponsored the bipartisan Firefighter Cancer Registry Act; fought to delay the “Cadillac Tax,” which threatened the healthcare of firefighters and others in high-risk professions; and secured millions of dollars in federal tax money to support firefighters and first responders.  

View the whole event here and see pictures below: