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Lincolnwood FD receives grant

From the Village of Lincolnwood:



Date: June 14, 2013

Fire Department Receives Grant Funding

LINCOLNWOOD–Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has recently awarded $305,877 in grants to fire departments and municipalities throughout Illinois. The purpose of the funding will help support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies.

The Lincolnwood Fire Department was awarded $105,541 for their grant to purchase new breathing air packs for the firefighters.

“Our nation’s firefighters are called upon day after day to protect America’s citizens,” Durbin said. “As these brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way, we must ensure that they are equipped with the best tools possible to do their jobs well, and today’s grants will help meet that goal.”

The funding is provided through the DHS’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Since 2001, the AFG has provided approximately $5.25 billion in federal funding to first-responder organizations across the country to help purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, training, and vehicles.


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North Chicago Gets Grant for New Hires

The North Chicago Fire Department received a FEMA grant allowing for the hire of five new firefighters. The Lake County News-Sun has a brief article HERE with a photo now that the personnel have been hired.

Five new North Chicago firefighter/paramedics were sworn in on Monday, May 20, and the new hires aren’t costing the city a cent.

Their salaries for the first two years of employment will be paid for through $832,741 in federal grant money, an amount that will also pay the first three years for a sixth firefighter, a veteran of the U.S. Army, who will be sworn in at a later date.

Previous mention of the grant is HERE.

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Illinois fire departments receive federal grant money

Several area fire departments will receive FEMA funding in the form of grants.

From the

Federal officials are delivering $1.33 million in grants to Illinois fire departments and municipalities to help them better prepare for fires and other emergencies.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin — a Democrat from Springfield — says the Assistance to Firefighters Grant funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That’s a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Wednesday’s announcement includes grants for:

  • Amboy Fire Department, $6,000
  • Bridgeview, $125,000
  • Crossville Volunteer Fire Department, $111,000
  • Carpentersville Fire Department, $10,000
  • Champaign Fire Department, $249,000
  • Dixmoor Fire Department, $88,000
  • Garden Homes Fire Protection Districts, $34,000
  • Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, $90,000
  • Metropolis Fire Department, $66,000
  • Pleasantview, $72,000
  • Riverdale Fire Department, $55,000
  • Spring Bay Fire Protection District, $115,000
  • Union Fire Protection District, $60,000
  • Wauconda Fire District, $248,000


thanks Chris


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Federal grant for North Chicago

According to the City of North Chicago website:

Federal Grant sparks hiring initiative at North Chicago Fire Department
$764,000 FEMA grant to aid in hiring of up to six firefighters

North Chicago, IL (March 20, 2013) – North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham announced … it will bolster the ranks of the city’s fire department by adding as many as six new firefighters.  The hiring initiative, which will allow the Department to more fully staff each shift, comes thanks to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.

The grant, which is funded through the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, provides the North Chicago Fire Department with $764,000 to hire and train six firefighters/paramedics.

Mayor Rockingham thanked US Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Brad Schneider for supporting efforts to secure the funding, which is part of a Department of Homeland Security program to help local fire departments maintain 24-hour staffing and ensure that they are able to adequately provide emergency services to communities.

The City applied for the grant in August 2012, citing attrition of experienced firefighters and EMS professionals in the department as a need to bolster staffing.

“Our nation’s firefighters are called upon day after day to protect America’s citizens,” Durbin said. “As these brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way, we must ensure that our fire departments have enough trained firefighters and that they are equipped with the best resources possible to do their jobs well.”

“I am so happy that North Chicago has earned grants that will allow them to enhance operations and hire more critically-needed firefighters,” Schneider said. “Our dedicated first responders put their lives on the line to protect us every day from harm, and it’s essential we provide them with the resources they need to keep our communities safe.”

The City maintains a list of eligible, potential employees based on an entrance exam it administered last fall.   Candidates for the positions will be individuals whose names are on that list.

North Chicago Fire Chief Dell Urban said news of the grant was welcomed enthusiastically by members of the Department, who can now look forward to more robust coverage on shifts and emergency calls.

“We’re doing a great job with the resources we have, but any firefighter or paramedic will tell you that having more men and women in the department makes us all safer and better equips us to respond to emergencies and serve North Chicago residents more effectively,” said Urban.  “Our firefighters are always working hard to secure available resources so that we can perform our jobs at the highest level possible.  They should be commended for their work to secure this funding.”

Rockingham has asked Urban to move quickly to begin the hiring process.  Both expect to bring new professionals on board within the next two months.


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FEMA Grants for Illinois Departments


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Fire departments in Illinois will share more than $1.5 million in grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the grants, which come from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. In the Chicago area, fire departments in Bellwood, Bolingbrook, Calumet City, North Riverside and Leyden will receive money. Calumet City will get nearly $380,000 and Westchester will receive about $440,000.

In central Illinois, departments in Standard, Urbana and Elkhart will receive funding. The southern Illinois towns of Alton, Ashley, Centralia, Granite City and Washington County will also get money.


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FEMA Grant for Roberts Park FPD

Martin Nowak found this notice on the Roberts Park Fire Protection District website pertaining to a recent FEMA award.

FEMA Grant:  Chief Ketchen reported on the recent FEMA award through the Assistance to Firefighters Program in the amount of $119,000.00.  We will use these
funds to upgrade our alerting systems in both fire stations and to establish a microwave link between them.  The District’s co-pay is $11,900 and as the Chief prepares the budget for the coming fiscal year, he will incorporate that amount under capital expenditures.  Chief thanked Lieutenant Chris Spoo for his assistance in procuring this grant
In addition, an interesting link HERE on the same website shows the department’s former apparatus:

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Bellwood orders new tower ladder

From Ryan Wyckoff:

Bellwood recieved a FEMA Grant and will use it for a new truck. They are purchasing a stock 95' E-One Tower Ladder. Expected delivery is May after some very minor compartment and graphics modifications.
Here is a listing of Illinois departments that have received FEMA Grant Awards for apparatus.
FEMA grants for fire apparatus acquisitions in Illinois 2012

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) - Award Year 2011

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More FEMA grants for area departments

An article in the Quincy Herald Whig mentions several area departments that will receive FEMA grants.

The largest grant of $262,560 will go to the Skokie Fire Department …

The Lemont Fire Protection District will receive $165,240, Crestwood will get $87,077, the Emington-Campus Fire Protection District will get $75,881, and the Posen Fire Department will get $6,732.

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FEMA grant for Wheeling – update

A previous post mentioned that the Wheeling Fire Department had been awarded a FEMA grant. The department informs us that:

We were awarded $34,200 for training classes. We plan to use the money to bring our firefighters up to the new Advanced certification level.


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FEMA grants for Wheeling & East Dubuque

An article on the website reports that the Wheeling Fire Department will be sharing nearly $60,000 of a FEMA grant with a department in Iowa.

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