05.21.15

Senators Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Graafschap Fire Department

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $30,859 for the Graafschap Fire Department in Allegan County. This grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the Fire Prevention and Safety Program.

“Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep our families, homes, and communities safe,” said Stabenow. “These new resources will help the Graafschap Fire Department buy the equipment they need to safely protect their community.”

"Our firefighters put so much on the line to safeguard our communities, and it’s essential that we do everything we can to keep them safe while improving their ability to respond to fires and hazards," Peters said. "This funding from the Department of Homeland Security will help firefighters in Laketown and Fillmore townships enhance their response capabilities to help them stay out of harm’s way and improve public safety."

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  These competitive grants will help fund professional training programs, update equipment and facilities, and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively.  More information about the grant can be found at http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.

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