Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Detroit Fire Department and Richmond-Lenox EMS Ambulance Authority

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Detroit Fire Department to improve fire prevention and the Richmond-Lenox EMS Ambulance Authority for operations and safety. These grants come through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the Fire Prevention and Safety Program.

"Today's announcement is great news for the Detroit Fire Department, Richmond-Lenox EMS Ambulance Authority, and families in Southeast Michigan," said Senator Stabenow. "Our first responders risk their lives to keep our families safe, and they rely on these resources to do their jobs safely."

"Our firefighters and first-responders put themselves on the line every day to protect us, so we need to support them," said Senator Levin. "These grants will help Richmond Lenox EMS and the Detroit Fire Department continue their vital mission."

"This grant provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will ensure the safety and health of our paramedics and EMTs by helping us protect the heroes who risk their lives every day, in fulfillment of our life saving mission," said Richmond-Lenox EMS Ambulance Authority Chief Jeffery White.

The Detroit Fire Department will receive $353,864 to increase public safety through fire prevention, and the Richmond Lenox EMS Ambulance Authority will receive $20,250 to improve operations and safety.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These competitive grants will help fund professional training programs, update equipment and facilities, and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. More information about the grant can be found at