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Fire shield red gold600Federal funding will assist with firefighter training

The Dearborn Fire Department is a recipient in the latest round of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants for first responders.

The grant, called the “Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program,” was competitive, meaning awarded on the merits of the City’s request.

The City of Dearborn agreed to provide $13,142 to match the grant, bringing the total award to $144,560.

The grant funding is specific in that it can only be used for training comprising the following:

  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Water Rescue — Urban Search and Rescue
  • Rope Rescue — Urban Search and Rescue

“We are very appreciative of federal grant monies that help us maintain our expert training,” said Fire Chief Joseph Murray. “It is imperative our firefighters are trained in technical advancements for rescue operations.”

According to information from FEMA, this year’s competitive grant program provides “funding for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies and support community resilience.”

The Dearborn Fire Department has received about $11 million in federal and state grants since 2013, with most coming from federal grants.