Stabenow, Peters Announce $41,500 in Funding for Keweenaw Bay Fire DepartmentFriday, September 10, 2021
DETROIT, MI – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) announced $41,500 in federal funding has been awarded to the Keweenaw Bay Fire Department to recruit and retain additional personnel. This funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.
“Our firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities,” said Senator Stabenow. “These new resources will help the Keweenaw Bay Fire Department make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an emergency.”
“It is important that our fire departments have the resources to attract and retain staff to ensure they can serve families and businesses,” said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “This grant will help the Keweenaw Bay Fire Department ensure they have the staff needed to continue protecting their community.”
“We currently have only five staff members in our operation. Two members are in their 70’s, I’m in my 60’s, and we were getting ready to close our doors because we didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Keweenaw Bay Fire Chief Diane Mornin. “Receiving this SAFER grant will help us stay open and continue serving the families in our community. We are so thankful for this funding—it means so much to us.”
More information about these grants can be found at: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/safer#awards
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