Durbin Announces Nearly $2.9 Million in FEMA Grants for Illinois Fire 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 17 grants totaling $2,858,359 to fire protection and ambulance services throughout Illinois for vehicle acquisition, 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
Buffalo Grove, $72,000; Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services, $600,000; Little Rock-Fox Fire Protection District, $237,415; Midlothian Fire Department, $261,250; Palatine Rural Fire Protection District, $47,709.
Northern Illinois
Leaf River Fire Protection District, $81,676.
Central Illinois
Deer Creek Fire Protection District, $8,360; Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District, $121,288; Galesburg Hospital’s Ambulance Service, $100,000; (Gillespie) Unit #7 Fire Protection District, $166,349; Hillsboro Fire Department, $160,221; Kankakee Township Fire Protection District, $30,799; Minonk Fire Protection District, $22,044; Standard Fire Protection District, $171,000; Stockland Fire Protection District, $34,077.
Metro East
Belleville Fire Department, $685,520; Madison Fire Department, $58,651.