WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Trenton Fire Department in Wayne County will receive $180,662 in funding that can be used for professional training, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety. The funds come from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.
“It is critical the Michigan’s firefighters in the line of duty have access to the proper equipment and protective gear to keep their communities safe,” said Senator Peters. “This funding will help ensure that first responders in Trenton have the resources needed to continue making our communities safe places to live and work.”
“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 Trenton Fire Department buy the equipment they need to safely protect their community.”
The Department of Homeland Security's AFG Program awards grants directly to fire departments, non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations (EMS), and state fire training academies to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Grants are awarded through a competitive process to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the AFG Program. During FY 2014, approximately $305.4 million in grants will be rewarded. Since 2001, AFG has awarded nearly $6.1 billion in grants to first-responder organizations for equipment, training, and emergency vehicles.