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UPDATED: Wyandotte Fire Department Receives $616,000 Grant

The federal grant is earmarked for departments to hire additional firefighters.

The Wyandotte Fire Department has received a $616,876 federal grant that's earmarked toward hiring additional firefighters.

Wyandotte Fire Chief Jeffery Carley said the grant would allow for four new firefighters to be hired for a two-year period at no cost to the city.

"I'm ecstatic," Carley said.

The City of Wyandotte still needs to vote to accept the grant, Carley said.

Nearby Trenton Fire Department received a similiar grant totaling $736,410.

The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program, according to Michigan Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, who jointly announced the grant Thursday afternoon.

“Our firefighters provide critical, courageous service to communities, like Wyandotte and Trenton," Stabenow said. "This grant provides the resources they need to perform their duties safely and protect the public.”

“It is vital that we maintain the fire protection our citizens need,” Levin said.  “These grants will help the fire departments in Trenton and Wyandotte hire more first responders to protect their communities when an emergency strikes.” 

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program, a competitive grant process to help ensure that fire departments nationwide have the frontline firefighters they need to protect their communities.

Carley said he originally applied for the SAFER grant in January of this year, but his request was turned down in the early summer.

He re-applied for the grant on Aug. 9, 2012, and this time, the Wyandotte Fire Department received good news.

"I'm geeked," Carley said.

NOTE: This story was updated at 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 14 to include quotes and additional information from Wyandotte Fire Chief Jeffery Carley.

Kellie Farrell December 14, 2012 at 01:10 PM
That is awesome! !
Steve December 14, 2012 at 01:36 PM
And what does the city do when the money runs out? Fire the employees they hired? So they even need more fire fighters in Wyandotte and Trenton?
frank December 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
That's great for the firefighters Be nice if our city hire more police officers too since they lost 8 officers through retirements and our city officials refuse to hire They got their miliage passed Just FYI GOOD FOR WFD
Harry Johns December 15, 2012 at 06:33 PM
What happens after two years if we can't afford them. It has become obvious that things we can afford at one time we can't afford at another.
Steve December 18, 2012 at 01:07 AM
This is the same fight AP just had. The mayor did not want this money for that very reason. What do they do when the money is gone? And if I recall correctly the cities have to keep the new hires for "X" amount of years even after the money is gone. I don't know if Wyandotte needs more crooked cops either. If they'd just straighten out the crooked department they might actually get something done and might actually catch the people stealing all of the cars in the city instead of protecting the 7-11 on Biddle.
frank December 20, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Maybe the idiots should nt leave their cars running with keys in it
frank December 20, 2012 at 08:06 AM
Maybe the city admin knowing the city is financial crisis Should've taken a $12,000 raise while he's asking the city employees to take 14% cut Plus employees save the city $700, 000 by paying 20% intovhealth care
Steve December 21, 2012 at 04:43 PM
ummmm, I think you responded in the wrong article.
Steve December 21, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I thought the employees paid more than 20%? Look who got raises over the years. City Admin got $12,000? Assistant City Engineer Greg Mayhew got $10,000 raise because he had a job interview with Lincoln Park and MIGHT of left. That was the dumbest thing ever. Gave him a raise before he even got offered the LP job. Should of let him leave and hired someone else to do the job that wanted to work for Wyandotte.
Mary Piasecki December 22, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Great job Jeffrey!!! We all know you care about the safety of the citizens of Wyandotte.

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