Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Nearly $3 Million for Four Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $2.9 million to help departments in Southeast Michigan hire more firefighters. This support through the Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response will go to the Allen Park Fire Department, Armada Fire Department, Farmington Hills Fire Department, and Dearborn Heights Fire Department.

"Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, homes, and communities," said Senator Stabenow. "These resources will help Southeast Michigan fire departments make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an emergency."

"Firefighters serve on the frontlines when emergency strikes in their communities," Senator Peters said. "This funding will help fire departments hire and retain more first responders while making Southeast Michigan a safer place to live, work and raise a family."

Allen Park Fire Department in Wayne County will receive $1,164,000, Armada Fire Department in Macomb County will receive $224,000, Farmington Hills Fire Department in Oakland County will receive $694,588, and the Dearborn Heights Fire Department in Wayne County will receive $889,744.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program allows fire departments across the country to compete for federal grant money in several categories. The award announced today is from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, a competitive grant process to help ensure that fire departments nationwide have the frontline firefighters they need to protect their communities.