The Niles Fire Department has been awarded nearly a million dollars to help improve its operations.
Michigan Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced that Niles, as well as Thornapple Township Emergency Services, will receive federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security to help improve their operations and boost safety for their emergency personnel and the public.
The Niles Fire Department will receive $993,800, and Thornapple Township Emergency Services will $28,500, from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security.
"Firefighters stand ready every day to respond to fires and all different types of emergencies," Sen. Levin said. "This grant will help Thornapple Township Emergency Services and the City of Niles Fire Department carry out their vital mission of protecting lives and property in their communities."
"Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Niles and Thornapple Township. This grant helps make sure they have the resources they need to perform their duties and protect the public," Stabenow said.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program allows fire departments across the country to compete for federal grant money in several categories. The awards are for operations and safety improvements, and can fund items such as professional training, wellness and fitness programs and equipment, personal protective gear for firefighters, facilities improvements, and supplies that support firefighting and EMS operations.