Durbin Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in FEMA Grants to 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 17 grants totaling $1,448,822 to fire departments and municipalities 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 tools 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
Bedford Park Fire Department, $41,990; Dolton Fire Department, $18,164; Grayslake Fire Protection District, $71,190; Libertyville Fire Department, $53,100; Romeoville Fire Department, $36,000.

Northern Illinois

Dixon City, $35,483.

Central Illinois

Bement Fire Protection District, $109,629; Bishop Hill Fire Protection District, $25,776; Cherry Valley Fire Protection District, $214,650; Creve Coeur Fire Department, $28,899; Danville Fire Department, $414,266; Fairmount Fire Department, $69,825; Ottawa Fire Department, $113,620; Rochester Fire Protection District, $65,550; Toluca Fire Protection and Ambulance District, $39,520.

Southern Illinois

Tamms Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., $75,160.

Metro East
Belleville Fire Department, $36,000.