First Round of AFG Fire Station Grants Awarded

Fire Station Grants

by mobrian on October 4, 2009

4 Michigan Municipalities Receive Funding

On October 2, 2009 FEMA and the USFA announced the first round of awards for the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG).  Four Michigan Municipalities were awarded and have begun the process of these shovel ready projects.

The awards went to:

  • Washington Township Fire Department Washington MI $1,510,016.00
  • Highland Park Fire Department Highland Park MI $2,601,167.00
  • Dutton Fire Department Dutton MI $866,561.00
  • Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department Traverse City MI $2,813,034.00

Congratulations to these Michigan communities and we hope to hear about the progress over the year.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security opened the  Fire Station Construction (FSC) grant program.

The program was created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (P.L. 111-5) to provide an economic stimulus in the form of jobs and increase the safety of firefighters and the communities they serve. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., EDT, on July 10, 2009.

The FSC grants will provide financial assistance directly to local fire departments to build new or modify existing fire stations.  The program will use a peer review system similar to [click to continue…]


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Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants

May 31, 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) provided the Department of Homeland Security with $210,000,000 to fund the construction and modification of fire stations. The program will be administered by the Assistance to Firefighters Program Office under FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate. The grants under this new program will be awarded directly to the fire departments on a competitive basis.

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More Grants for Staffing

May 18, 2009

Should Michigan Legislators Support Increase in Grants to Avoid Layoffs There is no doubt that Michigan is hurting economically and tough decisions have been made (with more to come) that truly make an impact on our service levels.  Recently Flint, Ann Arbor, Pontiac, and many others have taken hits to fire department staffing levels.  Levels […]

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Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Open

January 31, 2009

The Department of Homeland Security has posted the FY2008 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants Program Guidance on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Website. The application period is scheduled to begin on February 2, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Applications for these grants must be received by March 6, 2009, […]

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News for the Week of January 25, 2009

January 26, 2009

Detroit Tigers have paid a visit to the Detroit Fire Department. Several Tigers have given a an autographed fire department helmet and custom Walter Harris jersey to the fellow firefighters and family of Walter Harris.

On a separate day Detroit Tigers were treated as fire fighters for a couple hours as they worked through a maze and donned fire gear at the Detroit Fire Academy.

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Its Not Only we Can, We Must!

January 23, 2009

Go back a year to last January and ask yourself if you could have ever imagined the $700 billion bank bailout, Fannie May and Freddie Mac crumbling down, the big three automakers pleading for the government’s assistance just to stay afloat for a few months and receiving $23.4 billion and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) failures in the former Nasdaq chairman Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion embezzlement scheme case. If we thought that the failures of the years before, such as Enron and the bottomless pit of the home foreclosures were bad enough, these recent economic failures broke the paradigm and dragged us to a new low; where even the term “billion” has lost its true significance and value.

It is during these tough economic times that the fire service will be facing the challenging task of reauthorization for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program that is due to expire in 2010. In October, Bill Webb, executive director of the Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI), wrote an article titled “Working Together to Sustain Federal Support for Fire and SAFER Funding”. In that article, Bill reminded us of the political nature of this effort, especially during the current economic environment, stressed the importance of the unity of purpose and active participation and pointed out that, “everyone in the fire service plays a vital role in continuing the grant process”

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