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Amboy, Sublette get fire department grants

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 23rd, 2013

Chief Jeff Bryant, left, and Assistant Chief John McGraw of the Amboy Fire Protection District accept a small Equipment Grant from Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis on April 16, in Springfield. Joining them is State Representative Don Moffitt, far right. (Photo contributed)

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn joined Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis to announce that a total of 96 fire departments across the state will share $2 million in grant funds to purchase small equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other tools for firefighters. These Small Equipment Grants are funded from a percentage of all fire insurance sold in Illinois, and are distributed through the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal. The grant awards are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase public safety and support emergency responders.

“Our heroes in fire departments across the state, big and small, paid and volunteer, deserve all the help they can get to keep us safe. These grants will assist 96 fire departments in Illinois to do just that,” Governor Quinn said.

The purpose of the Small Equipment Grant Program is to provide funds directly to local units of government for the purchase of small equipment by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department. These departments are eligible for grants up to $26,000.

“Having the right equipment and tools is essential for first responders,” Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis said. “With shrinking municipal budgets, the Small Equipment Grant Program has evolved into a critical resource to assist local fire departments acquire basic equipment that meets current safety standards.”

The Fire Marshal’s office received 271 applications requesting a total of $5,581,522 in grant money during this application period, almost three times the amount of grant funding available this year. The Small Equipment Grant committee, comprised of members of the fire service, examined the applications in a blind review and recommended the $2 million in available grant money to be awarded to 96 of fire departments that submitted applications.

Fire Departments in Lee County receiving $26,000 each were Amboy Fire Protection District, City of Dixon Fire Department, Harmon Fire Department, and Sublette Fire Protection District.

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