Stabenow, Peters Announce Assistance for Flint and Bay Region Fire Departments

Thursday, September 03, 2015

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced more than $278,000 in assistance for the Bridgeport Charter Township Fire Department and Homer Township Fire Department to fund professional training, upgrades to facilities, protective equipment and other supplies to improve operations and safety. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

The Bridgeport Charter Township Fire Department in Saginaw County will receive $141,715. The Homer Township Fire Department in Midland County will receive $136,667.

"Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep our families, homes, and communities safe," said Senator Stabenow. "These new resources will help the Bridgeport and Homer Fire Departments safely protect their communities."

"Our firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line to protect our communities in dangerous situations, and we must ensure they have the training and equipment to do their jobs safely and effectively," said Senator Peters. "This assistance will help ensure the Bridgeport Charter Township and Homer Township Fire Departments will be better prepared to help protect public safety when disaster strikes."

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Grants are awarded through a competitive process to fire departments, non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations (EMS), and state fire training academies to enhance their ability to handle hazards efficiently and effectively. More information about the grant program can be found here.