Lofgren Announces $1.7M Federal Grant for the San Jose Fire Department

August 30, 2021
Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) announced that the San Jose Fire Department secured a $1,712,096 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update medical devices used during emergency responses.

“Our community relies on first responders to answer our urgent calls in emergency situations. There is no question that the brave men and women who run toward danger instead of running away from it need up-to-date medical equipment to do their jobs and save lives,” said Rep. Lofgren. “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how stressed our emergency-service providers can get. We cannot have our local heroes dealing with broken or missing pieces of vital equipment when time is of the essence. Thankfully, this federal funding will help the San Jose Fire Department with life-saving medical devices.”

The grant is provided as part of FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program, which funds critically-needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies, and support community resilience.

On March 9, 2021, Lofgren sent FEMA’s Acting Administrator Robert Fenton a letter in support of the AFG application submitted by the San Jose Fire Department. Full text of the letter follows and can be downloaded here.

March 9, 2021

The Honorable Robert J. Fenton Jr.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street, SW, Room 8 SW
Washington, DC 20472

Re: FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Dear Acting Administrator Fenton:

I write in support of the application for the FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant application submitted by the San Jose Fire Department (SJFD).

The San Jose Fire Department serves the tenth largest city in the United States and is the emergency service provider for several high-hazard occupancies, including two airports, seven major hospitals, San Jose State University, two community colleges, super-regional malls, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Each year the SJFD responds to more than 90,000 emergencies, more than 60 percent of which are emergency medical services (EMS) responses. On more than 90 percent of these EMS responses, cardiac monitor/ defibrillators are utilized for patient assessment and to perform pacing, cardioversion, and defibrillation for serious cardiac emergencies. AFG funding would allow SJFD to update the medical devices currently used in such emergencies, which are discontinued and that have parts for repair that will soon no longer be available for purchase if a unit fails.

Given the importance of the services provided by the San Jose Fire Department and the critical nature of their equipment, I hope that you will give their application full and fair consideration, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Zoe Lofgren