NJ-Wayne Township Fire Department Secures About $12,000 in Grant Funding So Far This Year

A Starke County Community Foundation grant totaling $4,000 was recently awarded to the North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire Chief Joe Leszek informed town council members of the grant award this week. He said with that money, they’re going to purchase some safety equipment that they will be able to provide to community members.

Chief Leszek explained, “Our fire department anniversary is this October and it will be 130 years for the fire department so we’re planning to have an open house.”

He continued, “What we wanted to do is get some safety material together. We want to be able to hand out CO detectors to people that need it, smoke alarms and things like that.”

Chief Leszek recognized the efforts of his firefighters who have all been working hard to secure grant funding in different ways. He added there are currently 5 grants that have been applied for that they’re just waiting to hear back about.

He told the members that so far this year, the department has already been awarded about $12,000 from various grants. He said those funds have been put toward equipment or other efforts to assist the community.