to meet with Armington firefighters on Monday to celebrate awarding
of federal grants
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[SEPT. 3, 2005]
PEORIA -- U.S. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, will join
firefighters with the Armington Fire Protection District on Monday
to celebrate the two Firefighter Assistance Grants that have been
awarded to the district in the past few years. In 2002 the district
received a federal grant of $79,938 for operations and safety
programs. This year a grant of $84,000 was awarded for a new
What: LaHood, firefighters celebrate awarding of
grants to Armington Fire Protection District
Monday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m.
Where: Armington Fire Station, 105 W. Third St.,
Over $4 million has been awarded to communities and fire
protection units throughout the 18th Congressional District since
the inception of the program in 2001.
LaHood has also been instrumental in obtaining $1 million in
recent years for upgrades to the infrastructure of the village of
Armington. He secured $500,000 in 2004 for a sanitary sewer system
and $500,000 in 2005 for road improvements in the Tazewell County
LaHood has been a strong proponent of the Firefighters Assistance
Grants and believes they have done much to assist rural communities
in addressing the emergency response needs of their citizens.
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"Rural and small communities just do not have the same resources as
larger communities when it comes to emergency services, so the
importance of these Firefighter Assistance Grants cannot be
overstated," LaHood said. "Many of the grants we have helped secure
over the past few years, including the grants for Armington, have
allowed fire departments and districts secure equipment, vehicles or
training services which they simply would not be able to afford.
From terrorist attacks to natural disasters, the significance of our
emergency responders has really come into the public's eye over the
past few years. These folks are on the front line for us every day,
and we need to make sure they have the resources and equipment to
get the job done."
[News release from
Rep. Ray LaHood,
18th Congressional District]