The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded nearly $1.3 million to four Indiana fire departments. The grants are part of the agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program, which will allow the departments to add more firefighters.
The Michigan City Fire Department received the largest grant, totaling more than $718,000. In a news release from Congressman Pete Visclosky’s office, Chief Randy Novak expressed his gratitude for the grant.
"Our firefighters risk their lives protecting this community and ensuring adequate staffing levels is crucial to the safety of our first responders and residents," said Novak. "The City of Michigan City is fortunate to have a hard-working government that is supportive to improve our public safety and work to meet the health needs of our residents."
FEMA also awarded grants to the following departments:
- Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department, Anderson: $116,200
- J.U.G.A Volunteer Fire Department, Rockville: $99,200
- South Bend Fire Department: $356,714
FEMA says the SAFER program is designed to "enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards." You can learn more about the program by clicking here.