Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce More than $1.1 Million for Three Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $1,106,116 for three fire departments in Southeast Michigan. This support, which is awarded through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the Fire Prevention and Safety programs, will go to the Detroit Fire Department, Dearborn Fire Department, and Lyon Township Fire Department.

"Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, homes, and communities," said Senator Stabenow. "This support will help make sure Southeast Michigan fire departments have the resources and training they need to answer the call in an emergency."

"When emergencies strike, it is our first responders that are on the front lines protecting our communities," Senator Peters said. "This funding will help first responders in Detroit, Dearborn, and Lyon Township respond to emergencies safely and efficiently and help keep our neighborhoods safe."

The Detroit Fire Department will receive $999,791 for a mobile fire burn and tactical operations training simulator, which will be used to train firefighters in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. Dearborn Fire Department will receive $69,753 for fire prevention and the Lyon Township Fire Department will receive $36,572 for operations and safety.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant and Fire Prevention and Safety programs are 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.