Grants Help Dearborn and Melvindale (MI) Get Fire Equipment

The Dearborn Fire Department has been acquiring several new tools and other equipment recently through various federal grants the department applied for earlier this year.

So far, the department has received approximately $414,000 in equipment grants to outfit its Melvindale and Dearborn stations, along with an additional $45,540 the department received through a $156,000 FEMA regional grant shared among the Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Canton, Northville, Northville Township and Van Buren Township fire departments, said Dearborn Fire Chief Joseph Murray.

“We are really increasing the level of services that we are able to offer through a lot of this funding,” Murray said. “And we were actually able to save the city a lot of money, and the taxpayers obviously, by getting a lot of new equipment in here that needed to be upgraded anyway just from years of service.”

Among the new equipment the department received from the grants were: six thermal imaging cameras; intake valves for the fire apparatus; four rescue chainsaws; four K-12 saws for cutting various metals and other materials; six cardiac monitors; eight pressure fans for ventilating burning structures; 40 fire helmets; and a vehicle exhaust removal system for the Melvindale station, which helps reduce diesel fumes that build up in the garage.

While most of the purchases made by the department were simply to replace outdated equipment, new additions like the exhaust removal system and the rappelling harnesses will make working conditions much safer for firefighters, Murray said.

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