Peters, Stabenow Announce Public Safety Funding for Saginaw Fire Department

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today announced the Saginaw Fire Department will receive $32,381 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to purchase 1,000 new carbon monoxide alarms to distribute to Saginaw homes.

“Carbon monoxide alarms help to protect families and save lives,” said Senator Peters. “With this additional support, the Saginaw Fire Department can ensure homes across the community have this essential safety tool.”

“Our firefighters in Saginaw 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.”

“This grant will allow us to purchase and install 1000 carbon monoxide alarms in Saginaw resident's homes,” said Fire Chief Christopher Van Loo, Saginaw Fire Department. “Much like our free smoke alarm program, this program will enable us to not only install carbon monoxide alarms in area homes, but it will also give us the opportunity to interact with our citizens and provide them with valuable safety information.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program has positively affected public safety by providing nearly $7.3 billion since 2001 for fire prevention and safety equipment.

Eligible fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations in Michigan and across the country can apply for Assistance to Firefighters Grants. These competitive grants help first responders purchase the equipment and obtain the training needed to handle fire-related hazards. More information about the grant can be found at http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.