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Senators Stabenow And Peters Announce $965,000 Grant For Blackman Township Firefighting Equipment

(August 14, 2020 5:33 PM) Michigan’s U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced $965,909 for Blackman Charter Township to purchase new equipment and provide training for the Department of Public Safety. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

“Our firefighters in Blackman Charter Township put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes, and communities,” said Senator Stabenow. “These new resources will provide critical training and give our first responders the equipment they need to better serve the public and do their jobs safely and effectively.”

“Now more than ever, firefighters in Michigan are putting their personal health at risk to protect their neighbors’ families, homes, and businesses,” said Senator Peters. “I am pleased that this federal grant will help better equip the department to navigate this unprecedented public health crisis and 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.

Fire services in Blackman Township are provided by the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety.  The department provides police, fire and emergency medical services to the residents of Blackman Township and Leoni Township. The department is a fully-consolidated public safety agency; all officers are cross-trained as police officers, fire fighters and to at least the medical first responder level. The department is led by Director Mike Jester.

More information about the grant can be found at http://www.fema.gov/firegrants.

 

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