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
Alto Pass Volunteer Fire Dept.
Air bottles and chainsaws
Amboy Fire Protection District
Wildland gloves, light bars, turnout gear
Central Warren Fire Protection Dist.
Spray broom system, hose, nozzles, shovel, extinguisher, 36" claw, axe, tool box, firefighting brooms
DePue Fire Company #1
UTV, trash pump, hoses
Fillmore Community Fire Prot. District
Generator, auto transfer switch, propane tank, backpack pump
Fox Lake Fire Protection Dist.
Skid unit, hoses, nozzles, gloves, spitfire pack, wildland hose pack, fire shelters
Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District
Hoses and nozzles, adaptors
Griggsville Fire Department
Kestrel weather meter, backpack blowers, foam ProPaks, foam
Hoses, chain saws, nozzles
Huey Ferrin Boulder FPD
UTV skid unit, hoses
Hull-Kinderhook Fire Protection Dist.
ATV and trailer, electric rewind reel, skid w/foam unit, lighting, radio and antenna
Lake and McHenry County Fire Dept.
Field radios, sleeping bag/tent kit, hoses, hand tools, backfire supplies, fuel cans, hand tools
Lake Egypt Fire Protection Dist.
Personal protective equipment (PPE), fire hose and hand tools
Liberty Fire Protection District
Used pickup for brush truck, LED light bar
Long Grove Fire Protection District
ATV, trailer, skid unit
Pittsfield Fire Protection District
UTV skid unit, led warning light system, PPEs, radio
Richmond Twp. Fire Protection Dist.
Wildland Nomex protective jumpsuits, helmets, goggles, gloves
RSP&E Fire Protection District (Roseville)
Drip torch, backpack blower, nozzles, radios
Rural Pope County Fire Prot. District
Water and blower backpacks, mobile radios, hoses, mule, 55 gal. skids
Sherman Fire Protection District
Utica Fire and Ambulance Prot. Dist.
Polaris UTV, pump and water tank, trailer
Vienna Fire Department
Turnout gear, radios, chargers, pagers, hoses, 5-way manifold
Williamson County Fire Prot. District
CET portable pump, valves, piping fittings to mount pump
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