Most Illinois fire departments, fire protection districts and township fire departments are eligible to apply for grants. Additionally, ambulance services that are a not-for-profit emergency medical service provider are also eligible to apply. An ambulance service shall be a volunteer, non-profit, stand-alone emergency medical service provider not tied in any financial or legal manner to a fire department. Applicants in this category may have to provide additional documentation in order to verify eligibility.
Fire departments that are for-profit entities, not-for-profit entities, associations and/or not-for-profit corporations (i.e. not a governmental body) and units of local government that do not operate a fire department (i.e. a municipality that contracts for fire suppression services from another municipality or fire district) are not eligible to apply.
Fire department, fire protection district and township fire department applicants must have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System ("NFIRS") for a minimum of two years prior to the application for the Small Equipment Grant, except that fire departments that were issued a Fire Department Identification Number ("FDID") by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal ("OSFM") less than two years prior to the application are eligible to apply for a Small Equipment Grant if they have participated in NFIRS since the date their FDID was issued by the OSFM. Please note that if you are not NFIRS compliant by the end of the application period you will not be considered for a grant. A listing of departments that are currently compliant is found here:
NFIRS Compliance Report
This NFIRS compliance report will be updated periodically.
If you have questions regarding NFIRS compliance, please e-mail our NFIRS help desk at email@example.com.