Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

An application made on behalf of the Park Ridge Fire Department by Fire Executive Officer Paul Lisowski last year has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist the department in replacing extrication equipment. The current equipment is wearing out.

The total application was for $47,000. FEMA will pay $43,091 (90 percent) and the city pays 10 percent. FEMA, however, had trimmed the deadline to accept the package to a maximum of 30 days. The grant was approved unanimously and with great enthusiasm on Sept. 23 at the city council’s finance committee meeting and advances to the full council’s consent agenda on Monday, Oct. 7.

An approximate total of grants which Lisowski has obtained since joining the department currently indicates he has saved the city almost $1.2 million.