The Chews Landing Dept. and Gloucester Fire District #2 are excited to announce they’ve been awarded a Federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. On Friday August 31, 2018, the department and Chief Mike Millisky hosted a press conference with Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Donald Norcross, Mayor David Mayer, and representatives from other local departments that were also grant recipients in announcing the awards. Senator Menendez and Congressman Norcross have consistently advocated for the funding of these grants to provide departments with much needed assistance for staffing and equipment. This SAFER Grant will be used to add a career firefighter to the department’s ranks to supplement the staffing of Engine 88, the 24/7 staffed duty engine that was a result of the shared services agreement between District #2 and District #4. This will save District #2 taxpayers $154,00 over the next 3 years. In addition, District #4 representatives were present, as they too were awarded a SAFER Grant in a similar amount, which means a total of 2 full time firefighters will be added to staff Engine 88. Also on hand were the Lawnside Fire Dept., who received a grant to replace their aging airpacks; the Berlin Fire Dept. and West Berlin Fire Dept., who will use their funding for the replacement of their rescue tools; and the Woodbury Fire Dept.
The full press conference can be viewed below.