"In Illinois, we've invested more than $400 million in homeland
security funds to enhance emergency preparedness and response in
every corner of this state," said Blagojevich. "The Commercial
Equipment Direct Assistance Program offers an excellent opportunity
for first responders in Illinois to further enhance these response
capabilities with equipment from the federal government, and I
encourage every response agency to apply."
Beginning May 30, response agencies from across the nation can
begin applying directly to the federal government for equipment
through CEDAP. Equipment to be awarded through a competitive process
includes extrication devices; thermal imaging, night vision and
video surveillance tools; chemical, biological and radiation
detection tools; information technology and risk management tools;
and tracking tools.
Information and applications for the competitive federal
assistance program are available online at
www.rkb.us and must be
submitted by June 30. The Department of Homeland Security will
notify successful applicants later this year.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]