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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2007

Governor Blagojevich announces grant awards to 54 fire departments for small equipment to improve response capabilities
Nearly $1 million provided to help departments purchase small equipment, protective clothing, tools and more

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that 54 fire departments throughout the state will receive nearly $1 million in grants to help them purchase small equipment and protective clothing that will enable them to better serve their communities. 
 
“Local fire departments need to have the right equipment to protect the communities they serve. This grant program and our no-interest fire truck loan program, which has assisted more than 60 departments in purchasing new fire trucks, help these departments provide critical public safety services in their areas,” said Gov. Blagojevich.
 
Last October, Gov. Blagojevich announced the Small Equipment Grant Program, under which fire departments, fire protection districts and township fire departments could apply for grants of up to $26,000 for purchasing items such as turnout coats for firefighters, firefighting tools and extrication equipment.  Larger items, such as fire trucks and other vehicles, are not eligible under this program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).
 
Applications were reviewed by a committee appointed by the State Fire Marshal on the basis of equipment and financial needs of each department, with preference given to requests for equipment that will benefit a geographical area.
 
Only fire departments maintained by a local unit of government to provide fire suppression within a geographical area were eligible for the program.  In addition, departments receiving grants must have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for at least the past two years. 
 
Fire departments receiving the grants include:
 
Barry Fire Protection District (FPD) - $17,630
Beardstown Fire Department (FD) - $10,000
Bethany FPD - $22,400
Carlyle FPD - $12,800
Caseyville FD - $10,580
Cedarville FPD - $  7,745
Chapin FD - $10,931
Cobden FD - $25,800
Cowden FPD - $  9,500
Custer Township FPD - $25,300
Deer Creek FPD - $18,700
Elkville Volunteer FD - $11,108
Elmwood FD - $12,700
Evansville FD - $11,725
Freeport Rural FPD - $15,000
Goreville FD - $23,850
Hillsdale FPD - $14,402
Hurst FD - $15,350
Irving Volunteer FD - $25,356
Ivesdale FPD - $18,000
Joppa FD - $25,854
LaHarpe FPD - $21,220
Little Mackinaw FPD - $14,400
Loami FPD - $25,870
Lynch Area FPD - $21,225
Lynville-Scott-White Rock FPD - $25,750
Maeystown FPD - $11,757
Merrionette Park FD - $20,945
Mound City FD - $11,497
Neoga FPD - $25,706
Neponset FPD - $18,981
New Canton FPD - $25,000
Pana FD - $13,374
Peotone FPD - $  8,950
Pesotum FPD - $17,187
Phoenix FD - $14,186
Raymond Community FPD - $18,286
Rockford FD - $18,580
Rossville Area FPD - $25,825
Santa Fe FPD - $24,300
Secor FD - $14,800
Shawneetown FD - $  8,413
Sheridan Community FD - $25,373
Smithboro FPD - $26,000
South Jacksonville Volunteer FD - $  9,520
Spring Valley FD - $10,000
St. Peter FPD - $17,000
Stonefort Volunteer FD - $22,652
Tilden FPD - $  9,900
Tuscarora FD - $  8,542
Ursa FPD - $11,900
Valier FD - $25,770
Witt Volunteer FD - $15,200
Woodlawn FPD - $26,000


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