Senator Stabenow Announces New Support for First Responders in Northern Michigan

Two new grants made possible by rural development funding in the current Farm Bill

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced new federal support to help fund the purchase of equipment for first responders serving four counties in Northern Michigan. 


"Our first responders are on the front lines in caring for our families and keeping our communities safe," said Stabenow. “These new investments will help improve response to fires and medical emergencies for communities in Northern Michigan.”


Denton Township, which provides emergency assistance to over 5,500 residents in Roscommon, Ogemaw, and Gladwin Counties, will receive $19,200 to purchase an automated device to administer CPR during ambulance transport. The grant will also help purchase new paging devices to provide reliable communication with the county 911 systems.

The City of Grayling will receive $39,700 to purchase fire and rescue equipment including additional turn out gear for first responders. The grant will help to protect firefighters and more than 1,800 residents throughout Crawford County, which is heavily forested.


These investments come through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Economic Impact Initiative Grants program, which is a part of the current Farm Bill authored by Senator Stabenow. With the current Farm Bill set to expire this fall, Senator Stabenow recently introduced a new bipartisan Farm Bill, which strengthens support for rural communities in Michigan.