Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Southeast Michigan Fire Departments to Hire Firefighters

Editor:  $880,000. SAFER Grant for the Plymouth Township Fire Department was turned down by Supervisor Richard Reaume.


For Immediate Release


July 3, 2012


WASHINGTON– U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced hiring and retention support for the Auburn Hills, Farmington Hills, Highland Township and Lincoln Park Fire Departments.  The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

Senator Stabenow said, “Our firefighters help to keep our communities safe, and I am so glad that with this grant, Southeast Michigan Fire Departments will be able to hire and retain more firefighters. They deserve the best resources available to protect Michigan families.”

Senator Levin said, “The men and women who protect our communities from danger deserve our full support, and these grants will help them carry out their life-saving responsibilities.”

The grants will be used for hiring, recruitment, and retention. The Auburn Hills Fire Department will receive $184,000, the Farmington Hills Fire Department will receive $517,533, the Highland Township Fire Department will receive $429,035 and the Lincoln Park Fire Department will receive $599,907.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program is intended to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.  More information on the SAFER program can be found at



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