LANSING (AP) – Twenty fire departments in Michigan have $1.6 million in federal grants coming their way.

The cash comes through the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. It’ll be used to help needs in the areas of equipment, training and staffing. The grants were announced this week by U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow.

The biggest chunk is going to the Berrien Springs Oronoko fire department, which is set to get $404,000. Departments in Lansing, Oakland County’s West Bloomfield Township, Oxford and Westland also are picking up six-figure grants.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Tony Rodriguez says:

    this is good news all the fire depts. should get help…..they do out standing work

  2. Guy Lorkowski says:

    Excellent, though help could have come sooner. I am a retired fire-fighter and I was hired under a federal government program (CETA) in 1975. Times were very rough back then too-the goverment helped out by giving those jobs for public safety. We need to maintain our vital services, for everyones safety, and not cut them! Guy Lorkowski

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