HEIGHTS – The Fire Department recently received confirmation that its FEMA/Assistance to Firefighters Grant request totaling $142,000 has been approved.
The grant will be used to purchase a number of items, including 3,000 smoke detectors, 1,000 carbon monoxide detectors and 1,000 fire extinguishers. These items will be distributed at no cost to select households throughout the city.
A new, informational LED sign, already in place in front of the DHFD headquarters, also was subsidized with grant money, as well as fire extinguisher and kitchen hazard training aids that will help enhance the department’s public outreach efforts to teach fire safety measures – particularly in the kitchen and around cooking areas.
With the exception of the LED sign — which already is in place— the materials are expected to arrive and be put into use within the next several weeks.
“We are delighted over the results of our grant request,” Fire Chief David Brogan said. “These items will serve as a great resource in helping us make Dearborn Heights a safer community in terms of fire-related hazards.
“Lisa Martin, who coordinates our grant activities, has done an excellent job in helping us secure the funding that has helped us procure a number of vital pieces of equipment and services over the past several years.”
In that time, the department has secured some $5.1 million in grant funding – much of it through the federally funded Assistance to Firefighters and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response grants.