Three central Illinois
fire departments receive equipment grants
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Limestone, Latham, Hickory Point to receive
[AUG. 16, 2003]
PEORIA -- U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, announced
Thursday that three central Illinois fire departments will be
receiving over $283,000 in grants from the Department of Homeland
Security to assist with the purchase of new emergency equipment.
These grants come from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program,
which has awarded over $125 million to nearly 2,000 fire departments
over the past two months.
Protection District (Logan County) is awarded $51,312 to purchase
breathing equipment and a compressor unit.
Hickory Point Fire
Protection District (Macon County) will receive $54,368 to purchase
15 air packs and masks, as well as spare air cylinders. This
purchase will allow the district to enhance the homeland security
efforts of their rapid response team.
Protection District (Peoria County) will receive $177,631 to
purchase additional breathing apparatus and a compressor unit and
filling station for air tanks.
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grant program has been a tremendous boost for small communities
around central Illinois," said LaHood. "Hundreds of thousands of
dollars have been awarded in this area over the past two months to
help our fire departments cope with the ever-increasing demands of
homeland security and protecting the citizens of our area. I am
pleased we were able to help secure funding for our area fire
For more information on the Assistance to
Firefighters Grant Program, visit the U.S. Fire Administrationís
website at www.usfa.fema.gov.