As part of its commitment to supporting local emergency services, Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (HSC) recently awarded nearly $12,000 through its 2020 Fire Department Training Grants to 11 fire departments in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
The HSC scholarship grants will help cover the cost of a variety of training courses, including qualifying firefighters as operators of utility task vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). This training will enable firefighters to access dry lake bottom lands during rescue and wildfire operations. The operators will be able to respond anywhere in Midland and Gladwin counties when requested under mutual aid agreements.
Grants also will help departments pay for Michigan Firefighter I&II training for students interested in becoming firefighters. This training can take several months, and the HSC scholarship grants will allow multiple fire departments cover the cost of tuition.
“At HSC, we value our first responders,” said Ryan Ludwick, HSC Safety and Emergency Services team leader. “We’re so proud that this sponsorship has grown from covering just Firefighter I&II trainings to covering specialty trainings for firefighters in our neighborhood. These grants are just a small token of our appreciation for our community’s first responders and local fire departments keeping our neighbors, employees and their families safe.”
The Fire Department Training Grant is just one of many ways HSC supports local first responders, Ludwick said. HSC regularly invites local firefighters to its on-site fire training facility for training exercises and offers meeting space for first responders.
Here are the departments receiving the grants: