Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Three Southeast Michigan Fire Departments

Thursday, September 17, 2015

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the Detroit, Dearborn Heights and South Lyon Fire Departments for fire prevention efforts and to improve operations and boost safety in their communities. 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. "This support will help make sure these Southeast Michigan fire departments have the tools they need to prevent fires and safely protect their communities."

"First responders are on the front lines when emergencies strike in their communities, and it is important they have the resources needed to protect themselves," Senator Peters said. "With these funds, firefighters in South Lyon and Dearborn Heights will be better equipped to respond in the event of a fire or emergency, and the Detroit Fire Department will be able to promote fire safety and prevention."

Detroit Fire Department in Wayne County will receive $349,776 for fire prevention education and to install fire detectors in the city. Dearborn Heights Fire Department in Wayne County will receive $155,423 for safety and operations. South Lyon Fire Department in Oakland County will receive $22,315 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