Three area fire departments are getting some much needed grant money to upgrade their equipment.

Flushing, Saginaw, and Bay City will be the recipients of the grant money totaling almost $500,000.

The majority of the money will be headed north of Genesee the departments in Bay City and Saginaw.

Bay City will be receiving nearly $380 thousand, Saginaw is getting $60 thousand, and Flushing is getting about $20 thousand.

The money is dedicated to buying new equipment, but no specifics have been given yet.