DHS Grant Awarded to Washington Township Fire Department

May 30, 2013

Harrison Township, MI – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today praised the awarding of a $226,935 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters FY 2012 Grant (AFG) program to Washington Township Fire Department in Macomb County.  This program is administered by DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.  Washington Township Fire Department will use this grant to purchase Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (air-packs.)

“The AFG grant Washington Township Fire Department is receiving will aid them with replacing needed support equipment for their first responders,” Rep. Miller said.  “This department provides top-notch emergency services to our community and surrounding infrastructure, keeping the public safe from fires and other life threatening situations.  I congratulate Washington Township Fire Department on receiving this grant which will further aid them in meeting their mission.”

“We were very pleased when we were notified by Rep. Candice Miller’s office that FEMA has decided to award this grant to Washington Township.  This brings our taxpayer dollars back to our community where they belong,” said Dan O'Leary, Washington Township Supervisor.  “We are grateful for this award which will be used to purchase air packs that are critical to the safety of our firefighters and residents during an emergency.”

*Please Note: These awards are administered by the DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and are not a federally requested project (earmark) or a stimulus requested project.  The DHS grant is part of the 2012 AFG award program and has been in operation since the year following September 11, 2001.  The purpose of the AFG is to award grants directly to fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations that are unaffiliated with a hospital to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Using a competitive process that is overseen by fire service subject matter experts, grants are awarded to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the AFG Program. For more information, http://www.fema.gov/firegrants/

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