DEARBORN HEIGHTS — State Representative Julie Plawecki (D-Dearborn Heights) celebrated the announcement that the Wayne-Westland Fire Association has been awarded $1.8 million in federal grant money to fund fire services for the city of Inkster. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities.

This March, Plawecki wrote a joint letter with state Senator David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) asking for the federal government to award a SAFER grant to Inkster. The awarded grant will be used for hiring, recruiting and retaining first responders, and will allow Inkster to hire 12 new employees.

“The increased staffing and faster response times this SAFER grant provides are a tremendous asset to the city of Inkster and its residents. Public safety is essential for any community, and this funding will provide much needed assistance,” said Plawecki. “I commend the federal government for awarding the grant, as well as the elected officials that worked to make this possible.”