The funds will be used to purchase a FIT test machine, which is utilized to test for the appropriate fit of a breathing (SCBA) mask. A FIT test is required for all firefighters as part of a required respiratory protection program.
Thanks in large part to the efforts of Chief Daniel Schaffener, the RTFD has secured 15 AFG grants, which have saved taxpayers a total of $1,415,391.51. This amount does not include three other grants via other programs. The RTFD wishes to thank FEMA, the office of Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Robbinsville Township Administration for supporting the application throughout the process.
"In addition to his many duties leading our hard-working Fire Division, Chief Schaffener has dedicated himself to lessening the financial burden on our residents by turning his considerable grant writing skills into an art form," Mayor Dave Fried said. "We are very blessed to have employees such as Chief Schaffener and his Captains - people who genuinely care about their peers, their staff and the community at large."