Durbin Announces Nearly $1.1 Million in FEMA Grants to Illinois Fire Departments and Ambulance 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 14 grants totaling $1,084,370 to fire departments and ambulance 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
Aurora Township Fire Protection District, $63,774; Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection District, $118,836; Hinsdale Fire Department, $42,646; Hoffman Estates Fire Department, $312,000; Minooka Fire Protection District, $30,476; Richmond Township Fire Protection District, $105,925; Roselle Fire Department, $81,747; Schaumburg Fire Department, $18,040.
Northern Illinois
Erie Fire Protection District, $18,312.
Central Illinois
10/33 Ambulance Service, Ltd., $45,604; Browning Fire Department, $79,800; Cisco Fire Protection District, $41,758; Ivesdale Fire Protection District, $44,949.
Metro East
Granite City Fire Department, $80,503.