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Robbinsville Residents to Benefit from Fire Prevention Grant
June 24, 2011 – The Robbinsville Township Division of Fire has been awarded a $25,099 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The money will be used to purchase over 400 smoke detectors and 400 Carbon Monoxide Detectors (including detectors for the hearing impaired). The Division of Fire will provide these detectors to needy Robbinsville Township Residents at no cost. A 2006 White Paper published by The U.S. Fire Administration indicates that 70% of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors. This latest grant was written by Fire Captain Daniel Schaffener.
In the past nine years the firefighters and residents of Robbinsville Township have directly benefitted from 12 FEMA grants awarded to the Robbinsville Division of Fire and the (former) Washington Township Fire District 1. There are various different grants available from FEMA including Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grants, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants and the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). Robbinsville Township Division of Fire has received grants in all four categories since 2002.
The largest grant awarded to the Robbinsville Township Division of Fire was a FY 2010 SAFER Grant for $700,604 that was awarded on December 24, 2010. The money was used to hire four full-time firefighters to increase daily fire company staffing from three firefighters per shift to four per shift. This is a two year grant with no match requirement that has substantially increased the safety, efficiency, and capabilities of the Township’s on-duty fire and rescue services.
Other equipment purchased with FEMA grant money includes a new brush fire truck purchased with a $99,275 AFG grant awarded in 2008 and a Mobile Fire Safety Trailer purchased in 2004 with a $52,162 FP&S grant. The Robbinsville Township firefighters have also benefitted from the purchase of 30 brand new sets of firefighting turnout gear in 2008, 20 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) in 2002, a new thermal imaging camera in 2006 and a full complement of hydraulic vehicle extrication tools in 2008. And this only represents a sampling of the many FEMA grants awarded to Robbinsville Township.
FEMA grants are awarded through a competitive and rigorous application process. You may wonder who writes the grant applications for the Robbinsville Township Division of Fire. EVERY successful FEMA grant application has been written by Robbinsville IAFF Union members, both Captains and firefighters. What does this mean to you? Robbinsville Township Division of Fire has received $1,149,906 in FEMA grant money since 2002. That’s over a million dollars for personnel, fire apparatus, protective equipment, fire hose and nozzles, rescue tools, smoke and CO detectors and other essential fire prevention and protection equipment to enhance the capabilities of the Robbinsville Township Division of Fire.
And that’s $1.1 million that your IAFF members have saved the taxpayers of Robbinsville Township!
ROBBINSVILLE DIVISION OF FIRE AWARDED 2010 SAFER GRANT TO HIRE FIREFIGHTERS!
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The Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 3786 is the organization established to be the sole bargaining unit representing the career firefighter/EMTs employed by Robbinsville Township.
The members of the career staff have taken a sworn oath to protect the citizens of RobbinsvilleTownship twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. We do this with pride, integrity and professionalism. When requested to assist our neighboring communities, we do so with the same quality and dedication we give to our own residents.
All Union firefighters and officers work a schedule of 24 hours on followed by 72 hours off with the exception of the Fire Prevention Bureau who work 12 hour days. The department consists of 14 career firefighter/EMTs that have the ability to respond to medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, fires, ice rescue and water emergencies and any other incident we may be called for. If you are not sure who to call, call the Fire Department!
Our mission is to promote a progressive and harmonious relationship between our Association, the Council and residents, and Fire Department Management.
The career staff carries out the duties and programs established by the Robbinsville Township Division of Fire.
We are on duty, ready and able to respond to any fire or medical emergencies. We are the manpower for fire prevention education and inspections. We participate in training to maintain and enhance our skills.
Our goal is to ensure each career member of our department is provided with the best available protection in the workplace, assistance when needed and representation when required.
We are dedicated to maintaining and improving a healthy work force in a safe environment.
Over the past few years RobbinsvilleTownship has grown quickly. Town Center brings new challenges to the Department due to close house spacing, narrow streets and truss construction. The newer enormous homes with their truss construction and great open areas allowing for quick fire spread. The new high school, the many new warehouses and the new indoor sports complex all pose unique challenges to us.
The uniformed Firefighters are on track to respond to over 2,000 dispatches this year not to mention the many calls to the station for other services such as smoke detector installations and all the other unreported events that we go to.
The members of Local 3786 would like to thank you for visiting and hope you now have a better understanding of who we are and what we do.
We are proud to serve you.
To quote Alan Brunacini - recently retired as chief of the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department:
"Our consistent response and effective performance create the conservation of communityconfidence that when you have a problem, you know someone from the “government” (us) will respond and actually help you-no forms, applications, or mindless bureaucrats, just one quick, easy, three-number call. We ask you two basic questions: “Where are you?” and “What’s the matter?” and Bingo! we are out the door on Big Red, haulin’ down Main Street to do whatever is required to make your bad day go away. The first rule of life is showing up, and we always show up."