Upton Announces FEMA Grants for First Responders in Southwest Michigan
SAINT JOSEPH, MICHIGAN - Today, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program to support first responders in Comstock Township and the City of Wayland. The Comstock Township Fire Department will be awarded $34,871 and the Wayland Area Ambulance Service will receive $174,615 to enhance their daily operations and safety protocols, including professional training, wellness and fitness programs and equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.
“Our first responders and firefighters across Southwest Michigan are real heroes - period,” said Rep. Upton. “These folks put their lives on the line day in and day out to serve our communities and keep us all safe. I am glad to see that the good folks in Comstock and Wayland have been selected to receive these funds to further support their missions to protect all who call Southwest Michigan home.”
These grants are administered through the Department of Homeland Security in coordination with the U.S. Fire Administration. In 2020 alone, more than $355 million was appropriated for the AFG Program that supported roughly 2,000 first-responder organizations nationwide.