Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $3,000,000 in Support for Fire Departments in Dearborn Heights and Ann Arbor Township

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Dearborn Heights Fire Department will receive $1,870,020 and the Ann Arbor Township Fire Department will receive $1,434,122 in federal funding to purchase new equipment and provide training. This federal grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.


“Our firefighters in Dearborn Heights and Ann Arbor put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities,” said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will provide critical training and give our first responders the equipment they need to better serve the public and do their jobs safely and effectively.”


“As communities across Michigan continue banding together to overcome challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, ensuring that our first responders have the resources needed to do their jobs safely and effectively is essential,” said Senator Peters. “I am pleased that this funding will help the Dearborn Heights and Ann Arbor Township Fire Departments maintain their operations during this unprecedented public health crisis.”


“The AFG program has been crucial to our department. These grants have kept our department properly staffed and equipped”, said Dave Brogan, Fire Chief of the Dearborn Heights Fire Department. “This current grant will be used to purchase new cardiac monitors and AED devices. These devices help us treat people experiencing cardiovascular issues and save lives.”


Eligible fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations in Michigan and across the country can apply for Assistance to Firefighters Grants. These competitive grants help first responders purchase the equipment and obtain the training needed to handle fire-related hazards. More information about the grant can be found here.