FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

UNION COUNTY RECEIVES $1.4 MILLION HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT
Funds acquired for new equipment and training

 

Elizabeth, NJ -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that a recently awarded Homeland Security grant of $1.4 million will be used for new equipment and training programs. An additional Homeland Security grant of $44,600 will be used to purchase new equipment for the Union County Bomb Squad.

“The programs we are proposing are needed to upgrade and update Union County’s ability to prepare for emergencies,” said Freeholder Angel G. Estrada. “We will continue to pursue federal funding for measures to enhance public safety and plan ahead for any contingency.”

Part of the $1.4 million grant will go to equipment upgrades in various departments including the Union County Police, Emergency Response Team, Prosecutor, Medical Examiner, Fire Department, and Bomb Squad. Union County College will be added to the School Safety Radio program, which provides direct contact between schools and police departments during emergencies.

The grant will also fund several planning and training programs, including the updating of school safety procedures, emergency response planning for individuals with special needs and schools serving students with special needs, and urban search and rescue training.

The grant of $1.4 million represents the County’s local share of federal homeland security funds granted to the State of New Jersey for fiscal year 2008. The County’s proposals for spending the funds must first be reviewed and approved by the state.