St. Clair Shores Receives Federal Support for New Ladder Truck

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09) today announced the St. Clair Shores Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for $631,819 from the Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to acquire a new ladder truck.

“Our firefighters can best keep communities safe when they have the most up to date equipment – including ladder trucks — which are critical to effectively and safely fighting fires,” said Rep. Levin.

“On behalf of the St. Clair Shores Fire Department, I would like to express profound gratitude upon receipt of this award. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) has enabled our community to acquire equipment and vehicles that we would not otherwise be able to purchase. We thank leaders like Sens. Stabenow, Peters, and Congressman Levin for their support of this very important funding program,” said Interim Fire Chief Ryan Koepp. “We are very happy that the hard working people of St. Clair Shores are being rewarded for the ongoing support of their fire department.  We understand that this award comes with a great amount of responsibility, and we are continually committed to good stewardship of the people’s money.”

The AFG Program is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. These grants are awarded directly to fire and public safety departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and first-responder personnel.

Since 2001, AFG has provided about $6.7 billion to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.