Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant for the Michigan City Fire Department under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
The $718,468 grant award will provide the Michigan City Fire Department with the ability to hire six additional firefighters. In general, the SAFER program is designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness.
Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, “I congratulate Mayor Meer and the Michigan City Fire Department for successfully utilizing this federal program to increase their number of firefighters. First responders are essential to the safety of our communities and I am grateful that this grant award will improve the ability of Michigan City to assist citizens in their time of need.”
Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer stated, “We are extremely thankful for receiving this opportunity. As Mayor, I am strongly committed to providing our residents and visitors with exceptional public health and safety services, and this SAFER grant award is a welcomed and much appreciated resource that will allow us to add an additional six firefighters to our already highly skilled and trained Michigan City Fire Department.”
Michigan City Fire Department Chief Randy Novak stated, “Our firefighters risk their lives protecting this community and ensuring adequate staffing levels is crucial to the safety of our first responders and residents. 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.”