U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today praised the awarding of a $232,548 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters FY 2012 Grant (AFG) program to Sterling Heights Fire Department in Macomb County. Sterling Heights Fire Department will use this grant to replace all of its Lifepack monitors on its Advance Life Support (ALS) Engines and bottles that the fire fighters use in their Self Contained Breathing Apparatus when fighting fires. The grant will be also used to train more than 30 Fire Department personnel in Fire Officer Training courses.
"The AFG grant Sterling Heights Fire Department is receiving will aid them with replacing vital support equipment for their first responders when fighting fires, as well as provide important training courses to the department's personnel," Miller said. "This department provides top-notch emergency services to our communities and surrounding infrastructures, and this grant will fund needed equipment and training to assist the rescue teams and personnel in meeting their missions. I congratulate Sterling Heights Fire Department on receiving this grant."
*Please Note: These awards are administered by the DHS's Federal Emergency Management Agency and are not a federally requested project (earmark) or a stimulus requested project. The DHS grant is part of the 2012 AFG award program and has been in operation since the year following September 11, 2001. The purpose of the AFG is to award grants directly to fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations that are unaffiliated with a hospital to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Using a competitive process that is overseen by fire service subject matter experts, grants are awarded to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the AFG Program. For more information, http://www.fema.gov/firegrants/