Fire department awarded federal grant for prevention efforts

TAYLOR — The Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

     A total of $20,459 will be contributed to fire prevention in the city, with a federal share of $16,367 and a local share of $4,902 making up the 80/20 required split.

     The goal of the project is to reduce the risk, occurrence and desire of the city’s youths to engage in fire-setting behavior — which officials say happens to be a leading cause of fire in Taylor.

     Capt. and Fire Inspector Jesse Kriebel said the city’s fire-prevention education programs have and will continue to strive for success within the framework of Michigan’s economy. He said the federal grant money will enhance existing programs and provide funding for expanding public fire education with new and innovative programs.

     Many events and prevention projects now will be taking place due to the AFG. They include:

•Monthly prekindergarten through third-grade fire safety lessons delivered in Taylor School District classrooms by Kriebel, also known as “Firefighter Jesse.” Lessons will include worksheets and lesson reinforcement materials funded by the grant.

•Fourth-grade visits to the Fire S.A.F.E. House (Smoke House) at the Ecorse Road fire station, with parents encouraged to attend.

•Juvenile fire-setter intervention programs targeting fifth-grade, sixth-grade and junior high school students.

•Broadcast of the children’s fire-prevention education series “Rainbow Valley Fire Department” on local public access television channels.

•Broadcast of juvenile fire-setter prevention videos on local public access television channels.

•Youth fire-setter intervention programs that are available free of charge to concerned parents and caregivers. Call (734) 374-1357 for more information.

•Arson prevention poster contests in partnership with the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee (

•Hero Camp, a day camp-type program designed to promote the value of safe behaviors and choices to young residents ages 7 to 14. The department will offer three sessions in the summer of 2010 free of charge to city residents. Each session will be limited to 20 children. Details will be released in the spring.

•School’s Out, Safety’s In, an open house event in June 2010 at the Midtown fire station,  23345 Goddard Road. The program will coincide with the school district’s summer recess.

     Fire Chief Vince Fedel praised Kriebel for obtaining the grant.

     “Thanks for Fire Inspector Kriebel’s efforts in writing this grant, the Taylor Fire Department will be able to enhance the presentation that he has been providing to the Taylor School District,” Fedel said.

     For more information on how to prevent a fire emergency in a home, contact Kriebel at (734) 374-1357 or at