State fire marshal announces small-equipment grants for Lincoln and
Middletown fire depts.
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[April 23, 2010]
SPRINGFIELD -- Acting Illinois State
Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis announced Thursday that grants totaling
nearly $2 million have been awarded to fire agencies in more than
110 Illinois communities for the purchase of fire safety items,
including personal protective equipment, known as PPE, and
self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBA.
"Having the right safety equipment is essential for first
responders," Matkaitis said. "It is especially important that local
fire departments continually strive to acquire the latest equipment
to fight fires and save lives. With shrinking municipal budgets, the
Small Equipment Grant program has evolved into a critical resource
to help meet basic equipment needs."
Fire departments maintained by local units of government within a
geographical area were eligible for program grants of up to $26,000
to purchase the most essential equipment, which includes PPE and
SCBA. In addition, departments receiving grants were required to
have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System for
at least the past two years.
This year, 112 Illinois communities shared $1,994,146.96 in grant
funding. The funding will help local fire services purchase small
equipment for their departments.
Grants awarded in Logan County:
Middletown Fire Protection District,
[Text from file from the
Office of the State Fire