(Manchester, NH) – First District Congressman Jeb Bradley today joined members of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire (PFFNH) at the Manchester Fire Department where he received their endorsement for his work on their behalf. Bradley toured the Manchester Central Station, visiting with members of the first responders' community and thanking them for their dedication and hard work to keep New Hampshire communities safe. The Fire Fighters union has also endorsed Governor John Lynch this election.

Congressman Bradley stated, "In the wake of September 11th, when we ask our first responders to be on the frontlines of homeland security, it is imperative that they have the technology and equipment to do their jobs safely and effectively. I have been a strong supporter of federal grant assistance for local fire departments because adequately staffing fire departments is critical to firefighter and public safety. We have made real progress in supplying our nation's first responders with the tools and resources they need. I look forward to continuing to work with New Hampshire firefighters to ensure they are well trained and well equipped to safely protect our New Hampshire communities."

David Lang, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire stated, "Congressman Jeb Bradley has worked hard for New Hampshire; saving the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and fighting for federal dollars for fire apparatus, equipment and staffing. Jeb works hard and is very accessible. He deserves re- election."

As a Member of Congress, Bradley has helped to secure over $5 million in federal grant money for local fire departments across the First Congressional District. This year, Bradley cosponsored an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill that added $111 million to the "Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters Act of 2003" or SAFER program, increasing its funding by nearly 300%. He also sponsored and hosted a federal Fire Grant workshop to aid local departments in securing federal grant funding to enhance fire prevention and safety and meet NFPA standards. Most recently, Bradley was instrumental in helping the Laconia Fire Department obtain a surplus rescue boat from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Bradley has also supported numerous pieces of legislation that benefit our nation's first responders, including cosponsorship of the SAFER Act, which increases the funds for state and local fire departments.

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire is a fraternal organization dedicated to providing serviced and representation to approximately 2,000 paid firefighters, emergency medical services personnel and retirees across the state.