MI Firefighters Operate Out of Warehouse While Station Construction Funds Sit Unused

Firefighters in the Michigan city of Highland Park are operating out of a leaky warehouse even as a $2.6-million federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to build a new fire station has gone unused.

The city was awarded the grant in 2009, and according to FEMA rules, the project must be finished in three years; thus, the city has just one year to complete the station. The city can file for extension, FEMA officials told the Detroit Free Press.

Many of the city’s firefighters spend up to 15 days a month in the current windowless “station,” which often leaks and is situated in an industrial park.