awards $1,316,283 in equipment and training to first responders in
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S.
Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that it awarded
over 2,000 equipment and training grants to first responders across
the nation as a part of the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance
Program. This program helps to ensure that law enforcement and
emergency responders can acquire specialized equipment and training
to meet their homeland security mission. As part of this, first
responder organizations in Illinois will receive roughly $1,316,283
in equipment and training awards.
"CEDAP is yet another mechanism for the department to work with our
local homeland security partners in strengthening this nation's
ability to prevent, protect, respond and recover from a natural
disaster or terrorist attack," said George Foresman, under secretary
for preparedness. "This program enhances state and local
communities' capabilities as well as arms their first responders
with the tools to build stronger regional coordination."
CEDAP offers equipment in the following categories: personal
protective equipment; thermal imaging, night vision and video
surveillance tools; chemical and biological detection tools;
information technology and risk management tools; and interoperable
communications equipment. This program also focuses on those smaller
communities and metropolitan areas not eligible for the Urban Area
Security Initiative grant program, encouraging them to apply for
assistance through CEDAP. Awardees are required to receive training
on their awarded equipment either on-site or at a training
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For a table listing the first responder organizations in Illinois
that received equipment and training awards through the fiscal 2006
CEDAP, click here.
For fiscal 2006, this direct assistance grant program totaled
$34.6 million. Since its inception in fiscal 2005, the Department of
Homeland Security has awarded over $69.7 million in equipment and
training to law enforcement and fire departments through CEDAP.
For more information on CEDAP and other Department of Homeland
Security grant programs, visit
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Illinois Office of
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