The Daily Herald has an article about the Gurnee Fire Department receiving a federal grant:

Gurnee [was awarded] a federal grant toward the purchase of upgraded safety equipment for firefighters.

Deputy Fire Chief John Kavanagh said the promised federal money will allow the village to replace 14-year-old air packs. “We would not be able to make the purchase without this grant being awarded.”

Gurnee will receive the $229,469 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. [and] will buy 39 high-tech air packs with masks custom fitted for each firefighter.

Kavanagh said the fire department expects to receive the new air packs in 2015. While the current breathing equipment is tested and considered safe, he said, it has outlived its usefulness.

He said the [money] will pay 90 percent of the new air packs’ cost [and] the village will cover [the balance] of the tab.

… Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was awarded $372,149 for 55 new air packs.

thanks Dan

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