Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Royal Oak and Hamtramck Fire Departments

Friday, September 11, 2015

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the Royal Oak Fire Department for fire prevention and the Hamtramck Fire Department to help improve its operations and boost safety in the community. This support comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters grant program.

"Fires continue to threaten the safety of families in communities across Michigan," said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will help the Royal Oak Fire Department prevent fires and give the Hamtramck Fire Department the tools they need to safely protect their community."

"It is essential that first responders have the necessary resources to protect themselves when responding to an emergency," Senator Peters said. "This funding will help ensure that firefighters in Hamtramck can continue safeguarding their community and the Royal Oak Fire Department can continue promoting fire prevention efforts and public safety."

Royal Oak Fire Department in Oakland County will receive $63,524 to buy smoke detectors for families that cannot afford detectors. Hamtramck Fire Department in Wayne County will receive $166,910 for safety and operations.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These competitive grants help fund professional training programs, update equipment and facilities, and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. Fire prevention grants enhance public safety through activities such as fire prevention education and awareness. More information about these grants can be found at