WEST NEW YORK, NJ — North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue has been awarded three grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. With the grants, which total $274,634, the department will purchase safety equipment, train 68 firefighters and maintenance its fire boats.

“North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue’s number one priority is keeping our officers safe and protecting our residents while offsetting costs wherever possible,” said NHRFR Management Committee Chairman Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner. “Since 2004, we have secured more than $20 million in state and federal grants and the additional funding we were able to secure this year is thanks to the leadership and advocacy of Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressman Albio Sires.”

A $120,755 Assistance to Firefighters Grant will allow the department to purchase four high performance washers and dryers to properly clean protective gear. This same grant will also pay for materials and textbooks for 68 officers to complete training courses.

NHRFR will use a $59,670 grant to purchase a new Fire Safety House to conduct fire safety and protection programs at community events. Additionally, $94,209 received through the Port Security Grant will be used for a maintenance contract for NHRFR’s fire fighting vessels and radio equipment for the Dispatch Center and Port Partners.

“Whether it be responding to a fire or assisting in water rescues, our firefighters are willing to put their own lives at risk when responding to emergencies,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “The new equipment and additional training we can fund through these grants will ensure the safety of our firefighters and officers when they are responding to emergencies.”

About North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue

North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue was organized in 1999 when North Bergen, Union City, West New York, Weehawken and Guttenberg combined their fire departments into one award-winning and nationally recognized fire-protection unit that is the third largest fire department in the state. Before regionalization, the area was served by five small fire departments. Now, those responsibilities have been streamlined and consolidated into one efficient, cost-effective operation. NHRFR meets or surpasses fire-safety guidelines recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The number of firefighters responding to first alarms has increased, and NHRFR takes pride in continuing to maintain one of the best response times in the country.