Posts Tagged Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

Lockport Township FPD and Burbank FD news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Lockport Township Fire Protection District has been awarded a $329,000 grant to purchase new protective breathing apparatus units and the Burbank Fire Department received $125,000 to help pay for Source Capture Exhaust Systems for both of the city’s fire stations through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program

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Roberts Park FPD news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Roberts Park Fire Protection District, which now includes the Village of Justice, has been awarded $569,674 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The grant will help with hiring expenses. The Village of Justice became part of the Roberts Park Fire Protection District this past April.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program provides needed federal funds to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in order to improve their response capabilities and the safety of our communities.

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Burbank FD and Orland FPD news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

Grants totaling a little more than $1 million have been awarded to the Burbank Fire Department and the Orland Fire Protection District.

Through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, the Burbank Fire Department is receiving a little more than $861,000 to purchase new portable radios and for equipment training.

A grant for $143,000, also through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, has been awarded to the Orland Fire Protection District to purchase new portable radios.

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The Mount Prospect Fire Department will receive nearly $160,000 in federal assistance this year through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant. They are among 16 fire departments in Illinois to receive a share of $3.1 million through the program.

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Illinois Fire Service Institute receives grant

Excerpts from Illinoishomepage.com:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded $410,397 to the UI’s Fire Training Academy.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the DHS’ Federal Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

As with anything, practice makes perfect. The same motto that’s being followed at the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

“Our statutory requirement is to train both public and private firefighters in the full spectrum of skills whether that be basic skills fire fighting or technical rescue.”

The institute prides itself on the training they provide. And Director Royal Mortenson wants to extend their reach.

“The goal of this grant request was to expand our delivery across the state.”

A federal grant will let them do that. They plan to buy some new mobile equipment. Things like an air compressor and and a fire simulation trainer.

“All with the purpose of taking training on the road to meet the needs of volunteer departments across the state that can’t or don’t have the resources to come here and take advantage of the training we have on site.”

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Champaign Fire Department news

Excerpts from WANDtv.com:

The Champaign Fire Department is receiving a grant worth more than $180,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for technical rescue training.

Officials say the Assistance to Firefighters Grant also required a city match of $18,347, or ten percent of the $183,478 grant, which was approved by the Champaign City Council.  The grant will pay for the following courses, provided by the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute:

– Rope Rescue Operations
– Rope Rescue Technician
– Vehicle Machinery Technician
– Confined Space Rescue Operations
– Confined Space Rescue Technician

Champaign Fire Chief Gary Ludwig says, “Continued training is paramount to the safety of our first responders and those we serve in our great community.”

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Stickney Fire Department news

This is from Congressman Dan Lipinski’s Facebook page:

Thursday afternoon, I was proud to present Stickney Mayor Morelli and the Stickney Fire Department with a grant check for the purchase of protective fire equipment. The $151,715 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Program will be used to help purchase 24 new self-contained breathing apparatus devices and 30 additional face pieces.

Stickney FD receives grant

From Congressman Dan Lipinski’s Facebook page

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Lemon Fire Protection District news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

The Lemont Fire Protection District has been awarded a grant through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Lemont will receive $36,364 to help purchase a sprinkler system for one of their fire stations.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program provides needed federal funds to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in order to improve the response capabilities of our nation’s first responders firefighters and the safety of our communities.

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La Grange Fire Department receives grant

Excerpts from theChicagoTribune.com:

The La Grange Fire Department is slated to receive a $122,000 grant to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus … the village board unanimously approved moving forward with the purchase.

The funds are provided through the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The grant will pay about $122,000 of the cost and the village will pay another $7,000.

The existing equipment is about 15 years old and the end of its useful life, said Fire Chief Donald J. Gay.

Gay said a committee helped put together the application for the grant, which they had not received on prior attempts.

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Mount Prospect receives SAFER grant

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Now that Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm has accepted a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to restore staffing reduced in 2010 following the recession, he is moving ahead with hiring.

The grant will pay the salaries and benefits for six firefighters, and put the engine at Station 13 back into service. If the hires are veterans, the grant could extend an additional year for each one. Two are veterans, Malcolm said.

Reflecting on the cuts made in the wake of the recession, Trustee Paul Hoefert acknowledged they had to make hard decisions.

“To a person at that time, on the sitting board, it was said that when we could those would be the first staff positions that we would want to get back in place,” he said. And this SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant is helping us to do that.”

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