Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Fire departments share in federal grant funds

The Northville Township Fire Department and the City of Northville Fire Department have been awarded federal grants to upgrade outdated equipment.
According to U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, the City of Northville will receive $471,838 and Northville Township $254,545 as part of $1,332,004 awarded to fire departments in five Michigan communities.  These grants come from both the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants program.
 “Our firefighters in Southeast Michigan put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities,” said Stabenow. “These new resources will provide critical training and give our first responders the equipment they need to better serve the public and do their jobs more safely and effectively.”

 “Michigan's first responders help make our communities safe places to live, work and raise a family,” said Peters. “I'm pleased to announce this funding, which will help departments in Southeast Michigan do their jobs safely and effectively.”
Eligible fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations in Michigan and across the country can apply for Assistance to Firefighters Grants and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants. AFG grants help first responders purchase the equipment and obtain the training needed to handle fire-related hazards. SAFER grants are designed to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards, the officials said. More information about the grants can be found at
In addition to the Northville communities, grants were awarded in the amount of $443,106 for the City of Auburn Hills, $113,334 for Hazel Park, and $49,181 for the City of Roseville.