Tuckerton Fire Company No. 1 will receive $68,400 in federal funding for aid with operations and safety as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according to a news release from Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd.

The funding will be used to replace critical equipment that allows these everyday heroes to perform extraordinary services for their community, LoBiondo — a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus — said in the news release.

“The AFG program is a critical resource for our local first responders, which is why I continue to support it year after year, and it is a perfect example of why the President needs to get in the game and address sequestration,” he stated.

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Tuckerton Fire Chief Lee Eggert thanked Jeff Ciccone for his grant writing efforts on behalf of the fire company. Eggert said the funding will specifically help with replacing the department’s self-contained breathing apparatuses.

Since the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program began in 2001, 120 organizations in the 2nd Congressional District have been awarded more than $34 million, the release stated.

Grants through the program will be awarded in the amount of $337.5 million for the Fiscal Year 2012 to first responder organizations across the country. The funds can be used to purchase equipment, including protective gear, emergency vehicles and training.

The Fiscal Year 2012 program received 12,000 applications nationwide.

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