This week our CMS Energy Foundation awarded a $17,330 grant to the City of Dearborn Fire Department to support the purchase of five new Panasonic Toughbooks. The department provides nearly 100,000 residents with fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical service, fire code inspections and disaster management planning and coordination.
Dearborn Fire Chief Richard Miller expressed his gratitude for helping his department during difficult economic times. “Toughbooks have become vital tools to help us track data including alarm information and fire operation plans,” he said.
David G. Mengebier, president of the CMS Energy Foundation, also emphasized that our company has formed strong public safety partnerships with emergency responders such as the Dearborn Fire Department. “We’re pleased to be able to help provide resources for the tools these first responders need to protect and serve the public,” he said.
The Foundation provides funding for community and civic development programs. These grants focus on the welfare of the entire community and support projects with long-term benefits. Past grants have helped expand and renovate community and convention facilities, neighborhood revitalization projects and public parks, and sports facilities for kids, teens, families and seniors.
The CMS Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of CMS Energy. It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community and civic development, culture and the arts, social services, the environment, and emerging issues. CMS Energy is a Michigan-based company that has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy, as its primary business and also owns and operates independent power generation businesses.