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RELEASE: Gottheimer Announces $2.8 Million Federal Investment Clawed Back from Washington for West Milford First Responders
Acquiring Infrastructure for State-of-the-Art Emergency Communications System. New Federal Investment Will Improve Public Safety, Lower Tax Burden on Families.
West Milford, NJ , January 18, 2023
WEST MILFORD, NJ — Today, January 18, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and local elected officials are announcing a new $2.8 million federal investment clawed back from Washington to West Milford to purchase infrastructure for a state-of-the-art emergency communications system. This new system will help first responders communicate quickly and easily — helping keep families and first responders safe. This federal investment will be used to replace the existing outdated infrastructure and it is the first step in implementing a new comprehensive, state-of-the-art emergency communications radio system.
The current radio communications system in West Milford is in dire need of an upgrade and tends to have dead zones in coverage — putting at risk the safety of more than 26,000 residents and first responders.
New $2.8 million federal investment clawed back from Washington to West Milford first responders includes:
“Communication and speed are key during an emergency, and our technological systems need to be updated to serve West Milford families. Without the infrastructure for a state-of-the-art emergency system for first responders to quickly and easily communicate, our families’ lives would be put at risk. This new bipartisan investment is critical to boosting the response capabilities of our public safety agencies in West Milford,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), a member of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “What’s great about these investments in our community, is that it helps protect us and it helps our communities save real local and property tax dollars, because it’s items that they need but don’t have to pay for out of their local budgets, or bond for. That directly saves taxpayers money.”
Earlier this week, Gottheimer was in Sussex County to announce a separate federal investment clawed back from Washington to Newton, Sparta, Hardyston, and Andover to purchase next-generation 9-1-1 dispatch technology. This technology will ensure that emergency response agencies can talk to callers and first responders quickly and easily — helping keep more than 65,000 Sussex County residents and first responders safe.
Last Congress, Gottheimer’s bipartisan, bicameral Invest to Protect Act — to make critical, targeted investments in local law enforcement — passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. 153 Republicans and 207 Democrats voted for Gottheimer’s bill. The Invest to Protect Act will ensure that local departments have what they need to recruit and retain the finest officers, to provide necessary training, and to invest in mental health resources for officers.
Gottheimer’s work to support North Jersey’s first responders and their families also includes the following: