Congressman Dan Kildee Announces Federal Grant to Saginaw Fire Department
$22,858 Will Go to Installing Life Saving Smoke Alarms in Saginaw Homes
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the Saginaw Fire Department will receive a $22,858 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen fire protections for families in Saginaw. The federal grant will help pay to install 2,000 smoke alarms in residents’ homes.
“House fires claim the lives of too many families, yet many deaths can be prevented by having a working smoke alarm,” said Congressman Kildee. “This federal grant will help save lives and educate families to prevent fires. I appreciate the Saginaw Fire Department’s dedication to keeping families safe in our community.”
Because of federal funding last year, the Saginaw Fire Department was able to install 1,300 carbon monoxide alarms in Saginaw homes. During each installation, they provided fire and life safety information and literature to the residents. After starting this program, several alarms have detected dangerous levels of smoke and carbon monoxide and the Fire Department was able to respond and protect the residents in the home.
“As a fire chief, I know how important it is to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in a home. Lives are saved every year because smoke or carbon monoxide has been detected by an alarm we installed and our department was able to respond. We are grateful to Congressman Kildee and his staff for all the support they provided in making this grant possible,” said Saginaw Fire Chief Christopher Van Loo.
Congressman Kildee and his staff have repeatedly worked with the Saginaw Fire Department and FEMA to ensure they have adequate funding to keep Saginaw neighborhoods safe.