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Local agencies awarded grant funding for CPR devices

July 25, 2017 - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced a $497,160 regional awards for 20 fire departments in West Michigan to help purchase equipment. This grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

"Our firefighters and first responders in West Michigan put their lives on the line to protect our families and homes," said Senator Stabenow. "Thanks to these new resources, these brave men and women will have the equipment they need to help them do their jobs more safely and effectively."

"West Michigan communities depend on firefighters to protect their families, businesses, and homes," said Senator Peters. "This critical funding will provide the region with upgraded equipment so firefighters can more effectively and efficiently do their jobs."

 The regional award will provide funding for the following departments within Calhoun County to purchase mechanical chest compression units to assist in CPR:

- Albion Department of Public Safety: $13,180 to purchase one unit.

- Athens Fire Department: $13,180 to purchase one unit.

- Battle Creek Fire Department: $110,480 to purchase eight units.

- Bedford Charter Township Fire Department: $41,430 to purchase three units.

- Burlington Township Fire Department: $13,180 to purchase one unit.  

- Emmett Charter Township Department of Public Safety: $27,620 to purchase two units.

- Fredonia Township Fire Department: $27,620 to purchase two units.

- Homer Fire Department: $13,810 to purchase one unit.

- Leroy Township Fire Department: $13,810 to purchase one unit.

- Marengo Township Fire Department: $13,810 to purchase one unit.

- Marshall City Fire Department: $13,810 to purchase one unit.

- Marshall Township Fire Department: $13,810 to purchase one unit.

- Newton Township Fire Department: $13,810 to purchase one unit.

- Sheridan Township Fire Department: $13,810 to purchase one unit.

- Tekonsha Township Fire Department: $13,810 to purchase one unit.

- Marshall Area Fire Fighters Ambulance Authority: $82,860 to purchase six units.

Additional agencies within the region but outside Calhoun County received $13,810 to purchase one unit each (Climax Township Fire Department, Galesburg / Charleston Township Fire Department, and Springport / Clarence Township Fire Department)

Eligible fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations in Michigan and across the country can apply for Assistance for Firefighters Grants. These competitive grants help first responders purchase the equipment and obtain the training needed to handle fire-related hazards. More information can be found at http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.  

Ambulance Authority Equipment Millage

On May 2, 2017, Marshall area voters approved a 0.2 mill request to aid the agency with equipment replacement costs for a period of 10 years starting in December of 2017. The request passed with a 72% 'yea' vote. Once again, we are overwhelmed by the support of the people in our community. Your support with the passage of this request will provide assistance with the ongoing costs associated with equipment purchases and maintenance. Thank you once again for your continued support.

 

 

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