Dearborn Fire Department awarded $1.8 million SAFER grant

Dearborn Fire Chief Joseph Murray

Dearborn Fire Chief Joseph Murray

DEARBORN  – The Fire Department will receive a $1.8 million staffing grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fiscal Year 2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program.

The grant — for $1,795,092 — will support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer staff to enhance the department’s ability to maintain a 24-hour firefighting force.

“Our firefighters go to work every day prepared to put their lives on the line to protect our community,” said Dingell, who made the announcement today. “This grant will ensure that the city of Dearborn Fire Department is properly staffed to serve its residents without overextending its firefighters.”

“I am very appreciative of Congresswoman Dingell’s hard work in securing these funds,” Fire Chief Joseph Murray said. “This grant will help grow our department staff and ensure our firefighters are prepared to protect our community.”

The SAFER grant program provides funding to help recipients maintain 24-hour fire department staffing and more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.