Allen Park firetruck

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Chief Mark Hogrebe (bucket) Malcolm Beaton, Allen Park School Board President Frank Liberati, Councilman Frank Tucci, Senator Carl Levin, Mayor Gary Burtka, Mayor Pro-Tem Tony Lalli, Anthony Guerriero, Grant Writer Tammy Jones and Sgt. Dave Servetter.

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Levin (left), Fire Chief Mark Hogrebe and Mayor Gary Burtka take in the Allen Park skyline during a bucket ride on the 2009 100-foot Pierce Aerial Bucket Truck purchased with a $750,000 AFG received in March.

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Grant writer Tammy Jones (left); Fire Chief Mark Hogrebe; Stabenow; Deputy Chief Doug LaFond; Councilman Frank Tucci; Allen Park School Board President Frank Liberati; firefighters Craig Hickey, Pat Beyer and Jake Steichen; Sgt. Dave Servetter; and firefighters Rob Epperson, Jim Kolusk, John Flynn and Ken McLaurin show off the 2009 100-foot Pierce Aerial Bucket Truck

Upon receipt of the 2009 AFG Grant for $750,000 to purchase a new aerial truck, we sent a letter thanking the senators for their support and invited them to stop by and check out the new truck if they were ever in the neighborhood. As it happened, both senators contacted our office and visited on Monday, May 3, 2010; Senator Levin at 9:00am and Senator Stabenow at 11:45am. Both senators have been very supportive of Allen Park Fire Department grant pursuits. To date, APFD has been awarded 5 AFG Grants, although they had to pass up the recent SAFER award of $259,100 to hire 2 firefighters because the city couldn’t guarantee there would be no lay-offs during the grant performance period. Federal grants that Tammy wrote and was awarded include:

2006 – Urban Area Securities Initiative Grant for $100,000 for a standby generator for Fire, Public Service and Water Departments
2007 – Urban Area Securities Initiative Grant for $463,066 for laptops and software for the Downriver Mutual Aid Fire Departments
2008 – AFG Vehicle Grant for $275,000 Rescue pumper engine
2008 – AFG Equipment Grant for $23,500 for new Jaws extrication equipment
2009 – AFG Vehicle Grant for $750,000 for a 100’ aerial bucket truck
2009 – AFG Equipment Grant for $117,056 for hoses, nozzles, laptops and a thermal imager
2009 – SAFER Grant for hiring 2 firefighters (Declined)

“it ‘s easy to get behind the grants,” Stabenow said. “We can feel confident championing them because they are quality applications.” She said her office and that of fellow Democrat Levin supported the fire grants because they believe in the importance of public safety.

Both senators were presented certificate of appreciation for their dedication, commitment and support of the firefighters grants.

Michigan’s U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow visited the Allen Park Fire Department Monday to see the equipment the city purchased since 2006 with federal grant money. Two Urban Area Securities Initiative Grants totaling $563,066 paid for a standby generator for the city as well as laptop computers and software for the Downriver Mutual Aid Fire Departments. Four Assistance to Firefighters Grants totaling $1.17 million paid for extraction equipment, a rescue pumper engine and a 100-foot aerial bucket truck.

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