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Posted on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 8:07 p.m.

Ypsilanti Fire Department seeks $40K grant to fund inspections

By Katrease Stafford

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The Ypsilanti Fire Department is applying for a grant through FEMA.

The Ypsilanti Fire Department will move forward with its application for a $39,498 FEMA grant to help cover costs related to fire inspections.

The city council voted to unanimously authorize the department's grant application Tuesday. Receiving the grant would save the city close to $40,000 in costs.

The grant is part of the new FEMA Fire Prevention Program. The Fire Prevention and Safety grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards

If awarded, the grant will cover all activities related to fire inspections including refresher courses for the department's existing inspectors, initial training for additional inspectors and for training of a new fire marshal.

On-duty firefighters will perform the inspections under the supervision of the fire marshal.

The grant would cover travel costs to the class site at Schoolcraft College and 50 percent of the fire marshal’s salary from April 1 to the end of year.

No date has been set yet for announcing the grant recipients.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.



Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 12:06 p.m.

Another action on the part of Ypsi leadership to avoid or ignore reality.


Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 9:37 a.m.

The US government has no money either. Ypsi voters need to change and recognize that they have a severe financial problem on their hands and demand that the leadership they voted into office come up with corrective actions. Taking grants continues to mask the problem.


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 2:09 p.m.

Because "reality" would be ignoring fire code concerns and creating larger life safety problems further down the road? Interesting viewpoint.


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 1:51 p.m.

Huh? How is applying for grant money avoiding reality? Ypsi is doesn't have money. FEMA has grant money. Maybe the fire department should ask for some.