The city has received a $47,390 grant from the federal government for a public education initiative to prevent fires.
“The most effective method of fire prevention is to keep fires from happening in the first place. Increased public education on fire prevention will go a long way in keeping our firefighters out of harm’s way and keeping communities safe,” Rep. Bill Pascrell, co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, said on Wednesday afternoon in announcing the grant award.
The funds are coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.
“This grant money is vital in increasing public education of fire safety and fire prevention,” fire chief Brian McDermott said. “The crux of the grant will be to increase our impact as a department on the youth and adults of our community. Community involvement goes a long way towards preventing fires before they happen.”
“With this federal award, the Paterson Fire Department will continue to improve and expand their efforts to educate Patersonians on fire deterrence,” Pascrell said.