07.21.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $910,000 in Support of Delta Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced that the Delta Township Fire Department will receive $916,115 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program to help hire six new full-time firefighters.

“Fire departments protect families, homes and businesses and it’s essential that they receive sufficient support,” said Senator Peters. “I am pleased to announce this funding that will help the Delta Township Fire Department hire six new firefighters and first responders so they have adequate staffing to safely and efficiently serve their community.”

"Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, homes, and communities," said Senator Stabenow. "These resources will help Delta Township Fire Department make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an emergency."

“The Delta Township Fire Department’s three stations cover a large region responding to over 7,000 calls last year,” said John Clark, Delta Township Fire Chief. “This award will allow us to hire six more firefighters, put two more firefighters on duty for each shift, and most importantly increases our capacity to respond to emergencies. We appreciate Senators Peters and Stabenow’s support of the SAFER grants program.”

“We are excited to receive support to add six new paramedic/firefighters from the SAFER grant, Kenneth R. Fletcher Delta Township Supervisor. “Our run volume has grown at a fast rate and we feel it is important that our service delivery remains top notch for our residents!”

The SAFER Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purpose of the program is to ensure that fire departments nationwide are fully staffed and equipped to strengthen the Nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards.