FEMA Provides Funding to New Jersey Task Force One

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, was pleased to announce New Jersey Task Force One (NJ-TF1), the state’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, was awarded $1.15 million through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue Response (USR) system.

“The men and women of NJ-TF1, professionals and volunteers alike, put their lives on the line to respond to disasters in New Jersey and around the nation.  Today’s funding is another critical step to enhance New Jersey’s security, providing the Task Force with more funding for training and equipment to ensure they remain at the ‘top of their game’ in the event of any disaster,” Frelinghuysen said.

The award provided by FEMA is a result of NJ-TF1 receiving formal designation and becoming a member of the 28 team Urban Search and Rescue Response system in 2016. Since the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, Congressman Frelinghuysen led the charge for the Task Force to receive this critical federal designation through legislation and advocated on its behalf with Administration officials.

“On September 11, 2001 NJ-TF1 was among the first search and rescue teams to reach Ground Zero. Prior to and since that fateful morning, the Task Force has served our state and nation with distinction, including providing lifesaving assistance to our state during Hurricane Sandy and multiple deployments to Texas and Florida last year to help those affected by the devastating hurricane season.”

Funding for today’s award was provided in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Consolidated Appropriations bill, authored by the House Appropriations Committee and approved by Congress in March. In total, the legislation included $35.18 million for FEMA’s USR system.

The FY 2019 Department of Homeland Security funding bill, which was approved by the House Committee on Appropriations on July 25, provides $45.33 million for Urban Search and Rescue, a $10 million increase over FY 2018 funding directed to recapitalize critical equipment necessary to conduct life-saving search and rescue operations.