The Dearborn Heights and Lincoln Park fire departments will receive safety and operations funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) announced today.
The Dearborn Heights Fire Department will receive a $63,637 grant to purchase a new fire hose, stretchers, and fitness training equipment.
The Lincoln Park Fire Department will receive an $85,455 grant to purchase thermal imagers and install a source capture exhaust system to protect firefighters from toxic fumes at the fire station.
“Our firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe,” Dingell said. “These grants will ensure that they are well equipped and trained to protect Michigan families and stay safe on the job. Both departments’ success in securing these grants highlights the good work being done at fire departments across Michigan’s 12th District.”
“I can’t stress how important the AFG grants have been to our success,” Dearborn Heights Fire Chief David Brogan said. “Cities are trying to get by with limited resources and these grants are life-saving. Without these grants we would not be able to progress as we should.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Congresswoman Dingell and her office for her unwavering support for Fire Departments like ours during these challenging times,” Lincoln Park Fire Chief Steve Martin said. “Without the support of the congresswoman and other state and local officials, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the Lincoln Park Fire Department to complete our mission of protecting the life and property of the citizens we serve.”
The AFG program awards grants directly to fire departments and EMS organizations that are unaffiliated with a hospital to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.