Carteret, NJ – Mayor Reiman has joined with the Carteret Fire Department to announce that $1,352,000 in Port Security funding has been awarded through FEMA for new equipment, vehicles, and various firefighting accessories. $297,000 in pass-through funding was originally awarded in October 2011, with two additional grants, one for $487,000 and another for $567,500, awarded in November and December of 2014.
According to FEMA, the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) directly supports transportation infrastructure security activities. PSGP funds available to local entities are intended to improve port-wide maritime security risk management; enhance maritime domain awareness; support maritime security training and exercises; and to maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.
According to Fire Chief Mark Hruska, equipment upgrades will include:
- Attack Hose
- Rescue Saws
- Ventilation fans
- Oxygen generator
- 2 ambulances
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
- P25 Compliant Radio’s and system upgrades
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Compressor
Chief Hruska stated, “We are truly thankful for the NY/NJ Port Authority recognition for this grant award. These upgrades will definitely bring added firefighting capability to our Department.”
Mayor Reiman said, “We are committed to raising local safety standards – in making proactive training, equipment, and facility improvements where needed most. In this day and age, and throughout our metropolitan corridors, it is vital to think beyond our own borders when taking public safety into consideration.”