09.02.16

Peters, Stabenow Applaud Support for Two Oakland County Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded that two Oakland County fire departments have been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with hiring, recruitment and retention of firefighters. The Waterford Regional Fire Department will receive $8,591,980, and the North Oakland County Fire Authority will receive $491,634 from FEMA’s Staffing Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.

“Oakland County families and communities depend on their fire departments to keep them safe,” said Senator Peters. “Having fully staffed departments and properly trained firefighters are critical to ensure the well-being of the Michiganders they serve.”

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

Eligible fire departments in Michigan and across the country can apply for SAFER grants. These competitive grants provide money to guarantee departments are appropriately staffed with qualified professional and volunteer firefighters. More information about the grant can be found by clicking here.