United States Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) announced Thursday that the Grand Rapids Fire Department will receive nearly $3 million in federal funding to hire eight new firefighters.
The $2,862,128 comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. “Our firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our families, homes and communities,” said Sen. Stabenow. “These new resources will help the Grand Rapids Fire Department make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an emergency.”
“It’s important that our fire departments have the resources to maintain and hire personnel to continue serving their communities effectively,” added Sen. Peters.