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May 14, 2018
AAA Traffic Safety Grant Awarded to Graafschap Fire Department

Collaborative Effort Brings Lifesaving Equipment to the Community
 
WHO:                 Oversized Check Presentation Representatives
  • Captain Todd Achterhof, Graafschap Fire District
  • Pamela Engel Marczuk, AAA Holland Branch, Licensed Insurance Agent
 
WHAT:               Official AAA Traffic Safety Grant Presentation to Graafschap Fire Department
for Lifesaving Equipment
 
Graafschap Fire Department has experienced a 49% increase in responses to motor vehicle incidents, with much of the increase being attributed to distracted driving.  Graafschap Fire Department has never owned a proper vehicle stabilization kit, instead depending on wood cribbing supports.  This lack of equipment was affecting their ability to properly respond to occupant injuries in car crashes. Stabilization equipment keeps the vehicle from rolling or moving and is vital for getting injured vehicle occupants removed during life-threatening car crashes.
 
                             The Department’s budget plan and fundraising efforts for purchasing this equipment fell short of the total monies needed.   With the help of a $5,508 AAA Traffic Safety grant, the Department is now able to provide lifesaving service without waiting for mutual aid from nearby departments.  In a true display of community collaboration, the combination of the District’s budget, fundraising efforts and the grant have enabled the purchase of this essential traffic safety equipment. The official grant presentation in the form of an oversized check will take place at the time noted below.
 
**Since 1993, the AAA Traffic Safety Grant program has been awarding grants for life-saving equipment throughout Michigan.  Over the years, nearly 1.4 million dollars-worth of traffic safety equipment has been donated to various organizations in the state. This is part of AAA’s legacy of traffic safety advocacy efforts for the motoring public.
 
 
WHEN:                             Monday, May 14th  at 7pm
 
WHERE:            Graafschap Fire Department,  4534 60th Street, Holland, MI, 49423
             
MORE:               Ample interview and photo ops will be available with the new equipment and presentation participants.

 
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

 
 

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.


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