IL Senators announce more than $1M awarded to fire departments

IL Senators announce more than $1M awarded to fire departments
Firefighters are getting funding for much needed improvements

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Illinois Senators gave praise to an amount of funding coming into the state for firefighters.

Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced on July 17 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded $1,101,620 to 10 communities across Illinois through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

"Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day to protect our communities.  As these brave men and women put themselves in harm's way, we must ensure that they are equipped with the best, most up-to-date tools possible to do their jobs well," Durbin said.  "Senator Duckworth and I are proud to fight for funding that will support our first-responders throughout Illinois."

his program helps first-responder organizations get much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training to ensure the safety of both first-responders and the public.

"In communities all across Illinois, firefighters risk their lives and run toward danger when others run away," Duckworth said. "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 these resources to help make that possible."

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These are the districts that will receive a total of $870,937 for operations and safety including personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety:

  • Normal Fire Department (Normal): $69,091
  • City of Freeport (Freeport): $10,910
  • Limestone Township Fire Protection District (Kankakee): $69,686
  • Libertyville Fire Department (Libertyville): $58,582
  • 10/33 Ambulance Service, LTD. (Spring Valley): $74,286
  • City of Marion, Illinois Fire Department (Marion): $55,429
  • Augusta Fire Protection District (Augusta): $150,640
  • Quincy Fire Department (Quincy): $382,313

Two other departments/districts qualified for a total of $230,683 for regional projects in which multiple organizations (fire and/or non-affiliated EMS) serving more than one local jurisdiction will benefit directly from the activities requested with grant funds:

  • Taylorville Fire Department (Taylorville): $3,410
  • Alton Fire Department (Alton): $227,273

The AFG Program is administered by DHS's Federal Emergency Management Agency and, since 2001, has provided approximately $7.1 billion in grants to first-responder organizations around the country.

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