Illinois Department of Natural Resources  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2010  

IDNR Announces Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Grants
61 Communities Benefit From Assistance to Rural and Small Town Fire Departments

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that residents and property owners in 61 Illinois communities will benefit from $512,217 in matching grants to rural fire protection districts and fire departments through the federal Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program.

“The federal funding that supports this program provides important assistance to rural and small town fire departments as they upgrade their firefighting equipment and training,” Governor Quinn said.  “Homeowners, business owners and other residents of these communities are the real beneficiaries of this assistance to their firefighters.”

The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program reimburses 50 percent of the recipient’s cost for providing training and acquiring equipment to assist local firefighters.  Grant recipients must make the initial financial outlay for the projects before being reimbursed.  The grants announced today are supporting more than $1 million in local projects.

The U.S. Forest Service grant program is administered in Illinois by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

“The new equipment or training that these grants are helping to provide will enable local fire departments to do an even better job of protecting their communities,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.

A list of the 61 grant recipients is below.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Local Agency Grant Awards

Volunteer Fire Department Name

County

Grant Amount

Allendale Rural Fire Protection District

Wabash

 $        15,000.00

Alto Pass, Village of (Volunteer Fire Dept)

Union

 $          7,184.00

Amboy Fire Protection District

Lee

 $          7,500.00

Apple River Fire Protection District

Jo Daviess

 $          9,700.00

Athens-Fancy Prairie Fire Protection District

Menard

 $          9,850.00

Beach Park Fire Department

Lake

 $          9,077.00

Blackhawk Fire Protection District

Rock Island

 $          9,890.00

Braceville Volunteer Fire Department

Grundy

 $        15,000.00

Breese Fire District

Clinton

 $          9,785.00

Brighton Betsey Ann Fire Protection District

Macoupin

 $          5,580.00

Buncombe, Village of (Fire Dept)

Johnson

 $          1,735.00

Coal City Fire Protection District

Grundy

 $          3,334.00

Crete, Village of  (Crete Fire Department)

Will

 $          5,364.00

Cullom Fire Protection District

Livingston

 $          6,250.00

DePue, Village of (DePue Fire Co. No. 1)

Bureau

 $          1,799.00

Elizabeth Community Fire Protection District

Jo Daviess

 $        11,152.00

Fillmore Community Fire Protection District

Montgomery

 $          3,156.00

Findlay Fire Protection District

Shelby

 $          5,375.00

Forman Fire Protection District

Mason

 $        15,000.00

Freeport Rural Fire Protection District

Stephenson

 $          7,500.00

French Village Fire Protection District

St. Clair

 $          7,500.00

Galatia, Village of (Galatia Fire & Rescue)

Saline

 $        14,925.00

Goreville Fire Department

Johnson

 $          2,502.00

Hillsboro, City of (Hillsboro Fire Department)

Montgomery

 $        14,513.00

Hudson Volunteer Fire Protection District

McLean

 $          8,024.00

Hutsonville Township Fire Protection District

Crawford

 $          7,089.00

Keyesport Fire Protection District

Bond

 $          7,513.00

Lake & McHenry Co. Fire Dept. Specialized Response Team

Lake/McHenry

 $          1,000.00

Lena Fire Department

Stephenson

 $          4,642.00

Liberty Fire Protection District

Adams

 $          6,464.00

Limestone Fire Protection District

Kankakee

 $          3,250.00

Makanda Township Volunteer Fire Department

Jackson

 $          4,550.00

Marengo Fire Protection District

McHenry

 $          7,481.00

Massac County Fire Protection District

Massac

 $        15,000.00

Mayestown Fire Protection District

Monroe

 $          2,685.00

McNabb Fire Protection District

Putnam

 $          9,675.00

Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District

Grundy

 $        15,000.00

Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District

Bond/Fayette

 $          5,750.00

New Athens Fire Protection District

St. Clair

 $          6,025.00

New Canton Fire Protection District

Pike

 $          5,486.00

Oregon Volunteer Fire Department

Ogle

 $        11,995.00

Pana, City of (Pana Fire Department)

Christian/Shelby

 $          7,311.00

Pittsfield Volunteer Fire Department

Cass

 $          6,775.00

Pocahontas Old Ripley Fire Protection District

Bond

 $          6,120.00

Rochester Fire Protection District

Sangamon

 $        15,000.00

Rural Pope County Fire Protection District

Pope

 $          9,540.00

Sante Fe Fire Protection District

Clinton

 $        14,923.00

Savanna, City of (Savana Volunteer Fire Department)

Carroll

 $          6,000.00

Serena Community Fire Protection District

LaSalle

 $        11,169.00

Sesser Fire Protection District

Franklin

 $          4,939.00

Shawneetown, City of (Shawnee Fire Department)

Gallatin

 $          3,439.00

Sheridan Community Fire Protection District

LaSalle

 $        14,272.00

St. Libory Fire Protection District

St. Clair

 $        14,538.00

St. Rose Fire Protection District

Clinton

 $        11,250.00

Standard FPD

Putnam

 $          6,807.00

Timber Hollis FPD

Peoria

 $          5,991.00

Valier, Village of (Valier Fire Dept)

Franklin

 $          7,450.00

Valmeyer Fire Protection District

Monroe

 $        15,000.00

Vienna, City of  (Vienna Volunteer Fire Department)

Johnson

 $        10,749.00

Virginia Volunteer Fire Department

Cass

 $          6,182.00

Warren Fire Dept

Jo Daviess

 $        14,462.00

Grand Totals

 $      512,217.00

###