Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $130,000 In Federal Funding For Huntley, Illinois First Responders

CHICAGO – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a $130,928 grant to the Huntley Fire Protection District through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Today’s funding will support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies.

“Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day to protect our citizens.  As these brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way, we must ensure that they are equipped with the best training and tools possible to do their jobs well,” Durbin said.  “I’m proud to fight for funding that will support our first-responders in Huntley and across Illinois.”    

Firefighters in Huntley and in communities throughout Illinois risk their lives and run toward danger when others run away. We owe it to them to make sure they have the best equipment and training, and I'm proud to join senator Durbin in announcing this funding to help them get it,” Duckworth said.

The AFG Program provides first-responder organizations with the ability to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training in an effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness. Since Fiscal Year 2001, AFG has provided approximately $6.7 billion in grants to first-responder organizations.  The program is administered by the DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.