WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Sandy Levin (D-Roseville) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded the Franklin-Bingham Fire Department $125,724 and the Sterling Heights Fire Department $95,637 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. Both departments serve communities in Michigan’s 9th Congressional District.
“The AFG program provides vital resources needed to help train and equip firefighters who serve our communities. The brave first-responders of the Franklin-Bingham and Sterling Heights Fire Departments risk their lives to protect our families and these grants will help,” said Rep. Levin.
“Thanks to the AFG award, the Sterling Heights Fire Department will be able to implement a program to increase the health and fitness of its members allowing them to more safely perform their duties while minimizing the risk of injury or long term health issues,” said Sterling Heights Assistant Fire Chief Edwin Miller.
This past March, Rep. Levin signed a bipartisan letter urging House Appropriators to provide at least $405 million in funding for the AFG program and $405 million in funding for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.
The AFG program is administered within DHS by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The competitive grants program is part of a larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards.
During this award cycle, $310.5 million is being granted. Along with the Franklin-Bingham and Sterling Heights Fire Departments, five other fire departments in Michigan are receiving awards totally nearly $700,000.