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Congressman Dan Kildee Announces Over $2 Million SAFER Grant for Saginaw

July 29, 2015
Press Release

Federal Grant to Prevent Lay-offs of 13 Full-Time Firefighters, Keep Two Fire Stations Open in City

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the city of Saginaw will receive a $2,017,145 grant to retain thirteen firefighters who were facing imminent layoffs. The federal grant will also keep two fire stations in the city open. The federal grant is through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). The program is designed to strengthen Saginaw’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related incidents and improve overall preparedness for emergencies. Congressman Kildee has strongly advocated for Saginaw to receive the federal grant, including most recently in a March 2015 letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the city’s SAFER grant application. In 2013, Congressman Kildee also successfully secured a similar multi-million dollar SAFER grant for the city of Saginaw. “This federal grant is welcome news for Saginaw and means that fire stations will remain open and firefighters will stay on the job to protect our community,” Congressman Kildee said. “Saginaw is moving in the right direction – we’ve seen crime rates drop in recent months, but there is more work to be done and this grant will have a big impact. Today’s announcement means more fire resources for the city and prevents the layoffs of thirteen firefighters. Coupled with additional federal funding in recent months to tear down abandoned homes across the city, I’m confident that this will make a positive difference in the lives of Saginaw residents.”