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IDNR Announces Grants to Build Capacity of Rural Fire Departments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Chris Young
217-557-1240
IDNR Announces Grants to Build Capacity of Rural Fire Departments
Federal funds support equipment and training for small town and rural firefighters
SPRINGFIELD, IL � The Illinois Department of Natural Resources today announced that 23 Illinois communities will benefit from more than $152,000 in federal grants to rural fire departments and fire protection districts.

The USDA Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance federal grant program provides matching funds to aid fire departments in the purchase of new equipment and training.

�This program helps improve public safety in small towns and rural areas of Illinois, helping local firefighters upgrade their equipment, benefitting homeowners and business owners throughout the state,� said IDNR Director Marc Miller. 

The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program reimburses 50 percent of the recipients� costs 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 $300,000 in equipment for local firefighters.

The USDA Forest Service grant program is administered in Illinois by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  No state funds are involved.

A list of the 23 grant recipients is below.
  
USDA Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants
Applicant Project/Equipment
Funding

Alto Pass Volunteer Fire Dept.
Air bottles and chainsaws
$2,250.00

Amboy Fire Protection District
Wildland gloves, light bars, turnout gear
$10,000.00

Central Warren Fire Protection Dist.
Spray broom system, hose, nozzles, shovel, extinguisher, 36" claw, axe, tool box, firefighting brooms
$3,331.00

DePue Fire Company #1
UTV, trash pump, hoses
$7,093.00

Fillmore Community Fire Prot. District
Generator, auto transfer switch, propane tank, backpack pump
$10,000.00

Fox Lake Fire Protection Dist.
Skid unit, hoses, nozzles, gloves, spitfire pack, wildland hose pack, fire shelters
$10,000.00

Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District
Hoses and nozzles, adaptors
$5,219.29

Griggsville Fire Department
Kestrel weather meter, backpack blowers, foam ProPaks, foam
$3,425.00

Hebron/Alden/Greenwood FPD
Hoses, chain saws, nozzles
$3,504.00

Huey Ferrin Boulder FPD
UTV skid unit, hoses
$7,735.00

Hull-Kinderhook Fire Protection Dist.
ATV and trailer, electric rewind reel, skid w/foam unit, lighting, radio and antenna
$10,000.00

Lake and McHenry County Fire Dept.
Field radios, sleeping bag/tent kit, hoses, hand tools, backfire supplies, fuel cans, hand tools
$5,000.00

Lake Egypt Fire Protection Dist.
Personal protective equipment (PPE), fire hose and hand tools
$4,985.00

Liberty Fire Protection District
Used pickup for brush truck, LED light bar
$10,000.00

Long Grove Fire Protection District
ATV, trailer, skid unit
$10,000.00

Pittsfield Fire Protection District
UTV skid unit, led warning light system, PPEs, radio
$6,250.00

Richmond Twp. Fire Protection Dist.
Wildland Nomex protective jumpsuits, helmets, goggles, gloves
$3,000.00

RSP&E Fire Protection District (Roseville)
Drip torch, backpack blower, nozzles, radios
$5,047.00

Rural Pope County Fire Prot. District
Water and blower backpacks, mobile radios, hoses, mule, 55 gal. skids
$10,000.00

Sherman Fire Protection District
Hoses
$4,110.95

Utica Fire and Ambulance Prot. Dist.
Polaris UTV, pump and water tank, trailer
$10,000.00

Vienna Fire Department
Turnout gear, radios, chargers, pagers, hoses, 5-way manifold
$4,482.00

Williamson County Fire Prot. District
CET portable pump, valves, piping fittings to mount pump
$6,622.50
                                                                              
Total:  $152,054.74
 
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