Big Bucks Benefit Some Area Fire Depts

Published 02/15 2012 05:58PM

Updated 02/15 2012 06:04PM

    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is investing more than $1.5 million in seven fire departments and fire protection districts in the state.    
    FEMA is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The $1,700,759 investment will help improve each department's ability to respond to emergencies. DHS' Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is a competitive endeavor to strengthen the country's overall level of preparedness for emergency response.
    In 2010, Illinois received 132 awards totaling $14.8+ million in federal funding to first-responder groups for equipment, training and vehicles.

FY2011 funding for vehicles:
Momence Fire Protection District: $199,500 
Divernon Fire Protection District: $ 95,000

FY2011 funding for operations & safety activities:
Secor Fire Protection District: $275,031
Sherman Fire Protection District: $146,400
Park Forest Fire Department: $19,800
Tallula Volunteer Fire District: $171,000
Aurora Fire Department: $794,028

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