Detriot Gets $24M SAFER Grant to Add 150 Firefighters

Todd Spangler
Detroit Free Press

SAFER LogoWASHINGTON — A $24-million federal grant will allow the city of Detroit to hire 150 firefighters, Michigan’s two U.S. senators said today.

The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program and has not yet been publicly announced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees the program.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said the funding “will go a long way in helping the fire department hire additional firefighters,” providing “exactly the kind of support that will help Detroit’s continued revitalization.”

In September, as part of an announcement of federal funding to assist Detroit during its financial crisis, the White House announced it would expedite FEMA funding to support the hiring of 150 firefighters.

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