Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Newly Minted Frelinghuysen Fire Hopes for More Good Fortune After Recent 34k Grant

The Frelinghuysen Township Volunteer Fire Company has received a $34,000 grant from the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. 

The award is part of $20 million in grants given to 353 fire departments across the state, including 11 in Warren County. The program was announced by Gov. Phil Murphy in early March. 

The grants are part of the American Rescue Plan, also known as the COVID-19 Stimulus, which was signed into law in 2021 to help boost the economy after the pandemic, including grants to local first responders. 

Frelinghuysen Township Volunteer Fire Company Chief Angel Ortiz said the grant will go toward acquiring new gear for the newly minted department, which certified to begin responding to calls less than a month ago. 

In particular, the funds will go toward the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatuses, known as SCBAs, and other necessary equipment, Ortiz said. 

Earlier this year, the Frelinghuysen Township Volunteer Fire Company received a grant of equipment from the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, an organization founded in memory of a New York City firefighter killed on September 11, 2001. Among the programs managed by the fund is one that facilitates the donation of surplus equipment from larger fire departments to smaller, rural departments that often don’t have as many resources. 

Frelinghuysen Mayor Keith Ramos said Ortiz and township committee member Robert Stock played crucial roles in getting these grants and are working on securing other grants. 

“This achievement, our second award, comes after our success with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, and we are immensely grateful for their generous donations,” Ramos said. “With several other grant applications in progress, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for continued good fortune.”

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.