Five west-central Illinois fire departments will receive about $88,000 to buy safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other tools for firefighters.
The grants are part of a $945,845 investment for 50 fire departments across the state that were announced by Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis.
The investments are supported by a small percentage of the sales of all fire insurance sold in the state.
“Illinois firefighters deserve all the help they need to keep our residents safe,” Quinn said. “Investments in our local departments will help make a difference in life and death situations in communities throughout Illinois.”
The Small Equipment Grant Program provides funds directly to fire departments, fire protection districts or township fire departments to purchase needed life saving and operational equipment.
Departments are eligible for grants up to $26,000.
The fire marshal’s office received 328 applications requesting more than $6.9 million in funding this year. The Small Equipment Grant committee, comprised of members of the fire service, examined the applications in a blind review and made the recommendations for funding.
In west-central Illinois, awards were made to the Macoupin Carlinville Fire Department, $11,883; Morgan Waverly Volunteer Fire Department, $23,521; Pike Griggsville Fire Department, $2,750; Spring Creek Fire Protection District in Pike County, $26,000; and Sangamon Auburn Fire Protection District, $22,875.
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