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      Two Upper Peninsula fire departments receive federal grants

      U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced that two Upper Peninsula fire departments will receive federal grant money.

      Sugar Island Township Fire Department will be receiving $208,696, and Norway Volunteer Fire Department will receive $237,500 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

      "Firefighters and emergency medical personnel stand ready every day to respond to fires and other emergencies," says Levin. "These grants will help the fire departments in Norway and Sugar Island Township carry out their vital mission of protecting lives and property in their communities."

      "Today's announcement is great news for Sugar Island Township Volunteer Fire Department, City of Norway Fire Department and families across the Upper Peninsula," says Stabenow. "Our first responders risk their lives to keep our families safe, and they rely on these resources to do their jobs safely."

      The award announced Wednesday comes from the Vehicle Acquisition program, which helps fire departments purchase equipment such as pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles and ambulances.