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United States : NHRFR secures a grant of $5.5 M.

Speaking at the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue (NHRFR) base in West New York, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced : "The least we can do to show our appreciation for firefighters is to ensure that you have fellow firefighters there on the line with you helping to save lives."

The Senator was joined by Albio Sires (D-13th Dist.) as well as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spokesmen, local officials, and first responders to announce the award of a $5.5 million federal grant to NHRFR to enable them to hire 32 new full-time firefighters.

Menendez and Sires participated in securing the grant.

The squad will have around 3 months to recruit the new firefighters, and they are mandated to hire from a state service list.

The $5.5 million grant is among the major federal grants provided in the whole country.

The grant was secured through FEMA's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program due to the region's reputation as being among the most densely populated and at-risk areas in the US.

Weehawken Mayor and NHRFR Chairman Richard Turner stated : "Senator Bob Menendez understands that public safety must be our top priority, which is why he s lead the charge in Washington to increase funding for our fire departments and our first responders. We cannot walk away from our obligations to the men and women who put their lives on the line for all of us every day."

This follows the filing of a suit by Newark branch of the NAACP, years ago, alleging that the squad s local residency demand was discriminatory.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a NHRFR appeal in June to continue recruiting firefighters only from the five Hudson County towns they service.

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Title Annotation:North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue
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Date:Sep 18, 2012
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