From Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters:

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that the Hamtramck Fire Department has been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program. The Detroit-area fire department will receive over $2.3 million and use the funding to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

“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 Hamtramck Fire Department make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an emergency.”

“Families in Hamtramck depend on the fire department to keep their community safe,” Senator Peters said. “Having a fully staffed and properly trained department is critical in ensuring the well-being of the Michiganders it serves.”

Eligible fire departments in Michigan and across the country can apply for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response 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.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).