Senators Peters, Stabenow Applaud Support for Four West Michigan Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded $479,055 for four West Michigan fire departments to help purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses. The regional award will be shared by Algoma Township Fire Department, Sparta Fire Department, Rockford Fire Department, and Courtland Township Fire Department. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

“Our brave firefighters need access to the right training and equipment to stay safe on the job,” said Senator Peters. “This assistance will help fire departments in West Michigan ensure that firefighters and first responders are prepared to handle dangerous situations and keep our communities safe.”

“Our firefighters in West Michigan put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes,” said Senator Stabenow. “Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will have the equipment they need to help them do their jobs more safely and effectively.”

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.