Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Grand Rapids Charter Township Fire Department and Rockford Public Safety DepartmentWednesday, August 13, 2014
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Grand Rapids Charter Township Fire Department for operations and safety and the Rockford Public Safety Department to improve fire prevention. These grants come through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
"Today's announcement is great news for the Grand Rapids Charter Township Fire Department, the Rockford Public Safety Department, and families in Kent County," said Stabenow. "Our first responders risk their lives to keep our families safe, and they rely on these resources to do their jobs safely."
"This federal support will help ensure that emergency first responders in Grand Rapids Charter Township and Rockford are prepared for their life-saving duties," said Levin.
The Grand Rapids Charter Township Fire Department will receive $174,397 to improve operations and safety, and the Rockford Public Safety Department will receive $27,037 to increase public safety through fire prevention.
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 http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.