Durbin Announces Nearly $1 Million in FEMA Grants for Illinois Fire Departments

[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 8 grants totaling $992,001 to fire departments 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

Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District, $281,788; Long Grove Fire Protection District, $84,000; Morton Grove Fire Department, $21,760; Palos Heights Fire Protection District, $145,844.

Central Illinois

Kankakee Township Fire Protection District, $16,625; Limestone Fire Protection District, $25,560; Tri-County Fire Protection District, $43,833.
Southern Illinois

City of Red Bud Fire Department, $372,591.