Fire departments in Detroit and Harper Woods will receive more than $700,000 in grants to help out firefighters.

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters announced Monday, the two cities would see funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

Detroit has been awarded $661,647 and the Harper Woods department will receive $48,783.

The grant will be used to outfit firefighters with equipment needed to serve the community.

"I’m proud to announce over $700,000 in federal funding to improve public safety by supporting hard working firefighters in the Detroit area," said U.S. Rep. Gary Peters. "Every day, our first responders put their lives on the line to protect our families, that's why it's so important to ensure that they are equipped and ready to handle any emergency. By making an investment to improve safety in Detroit and Harper Woods, we’re securing a brighter future for our region."

The primary goal of the AFG is to help meet the needs of firefighting, emergency response and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations.

Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to better protect the public and community.

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