Durbin Announces More than $600,000 in FEMA Grants for Illinois Fire Protection Services

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has awarded 5 grants totaling $602,555 to fire departments and protection services throughout Illinois for operations and safety.

“Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day to protect America's citizens,” Durbin said. “As these brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way, we must ensure that they are equipped with the best resources possible to do their jobs well, and today’s grants will help meet that goal.”

The funding is provided through the DHS’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program which seeks to strengthen the Nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire related hazards.  Since 2001, AFG has provided approximately $4 billion to first-responder organizations to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, training, and vehicles.  Under this announcement, the following fire departments will receive funding:

Chicago Metro Area

Braidwood (IL) Fire Department, $121,828; City of Harvey, $133,470; Oakbrook Terrace Fire Protection District, $60,651; Westmont Fire Department, $196,606.
Central Illinois

Bourbonnais Fire Protection District, $90,000.