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August 27, 2018
AAA Awards Grand Rapids Fire Department with Traffic Safety Grant

Media Advisory
August 27, 2018                                        
Susan Hiltz, MI Public Affairs Director                   Lt. William E. Smith, Fire Prevention Inspector
AAA – The Auto Club Group                                    Grand Rapids Fire Department
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AAA Awards Grand Rapids Fire Department with Traffic Safety Grant
Celebrating AAA’s 25th Anniversary of Awarding Traffic Safety Grants in Michigan
WHO:                  Grand Rapids Fire Department Chief John Lehman
Grand Rapids Fire Department Deputy Chief Ron Tennant
Michigan State Senator Dave Hildenbrand, Republican - 29th Senate District
AAA – Grand Rapids -South Branch, Field Manager, Steve Giffel
WHAT:                AAA Traffic Safety Grant Presentation to the Grand Rapids Fire Department
The event will include the official presentation of a $5,633 AAA Traffic Safety Grant to the Grand Rapids Fire Department in the form of an oversized check.  The grant will fund the purchase of advanced warning signs and traffic safety cones that will be used to help promote safety during emergency incidents, reduce the risk of crashes at incident sites and protect the motoring public. This grant will enable the department to enhance its safety and service by being able to provide traffic safety equipment that is not available through current available fiscal resources.
The Grand Rapids Fire Department responded to a total of 23,240 incidents last year. Nearly 3,900 of those incidents were located on streets, roadways and highways during that time period. This was at an average of over 10 incidents per day with personnel spending nearly 3,500 hours working at these sites and over 5,731 fire units accounting for multiple unit responses to a single incident. Based upon current data, incident responses on streets, roadways and highways are estimated to increase to over 4,100 this year. The new equipment  is expected to be used several times a day.
The department has a total of 205 personnel, with 180 assigned to fire suppression.  Nearly all of those individuals have received Traffic Incident Management training. Additional refresher training is scheduled for this year. 

*Since 1993, the AAA Traffic Safety Grant program has been awarding grants for life-saving equipment throughout Michigan.  Over the years, nearly $1.5 million dollars-worth of traffic safety equipment has been donated to various organizations in the state through 123 individual grants. This is part of AAA’s legacy of traffic safety advocacy efforts for the motoring public. The 80th “Jaws of Life” AAA traffic safety grant was recently awarded in Michigan. The map below reflects all donations as of July 2018.