Stabenow, Peters Announce Assistance for Grand Rapids Fire Department

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the Grand Rapids Fire Department to help increase public safety through fire prevention and preparedness. This $189,143 grant comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention and Safety program and will support general education, awareness, and research, including risk assessments, fire code enforcement, smoke alarms, and database systems.

“Our firefighters in Grand Rapids put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes,” said Senator Stabenow. “Prevention is key and these resources will help save lives and the treasured possessions of so many families.”

“Preparedness is key when a community is faced with a fire-related emergency that requires swift action,” Senator Peters said. “Thanks to these funds, members of the public will benefit from increased access to the resources and training needed to prevent and respond to fires.”

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. 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.