Senators announce grant for Royal Oak Fire Dept.

Royal Oak Fire Department will receive a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security to help improve its operations and boost safety for its emergency personnel and the public, Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced Wednesday.

The department will receive $120,000 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security.

"Every day, firefighters stand ready to protect lives and property in their community," said Sen. Levin. "This grant will help support the Royal Oak Fire Department so they can continue their vital mission of keeping their community safe."

Senator Stabenow said, "Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Royal Oak. This grant makes sure they have the resources they need to perform their duties safely and protect the public."

The award announced Wednesday is for operations and safety improvements, and can fund items such as professional training, wellness and fitness programs and equipment, personal protective gear for firefighters, facilities improvements, and supplies that support firefighting and EMS operations.

Fire departments and emergency medical services (EMS) organizations across the country may apply to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program in different categories, and their applications must meet certain criteria established by the major fire service organizations. Applications are evaluated in a competitive process by a panel of peers from fire and EMS organizations.

More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program can be found at www.fema.gov/firegrants.

Published: Fri, Aug 16, 2013