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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2010

IDNR Announces Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Grants
61 Communities Benefit From Assistance to Rural and Small Town Fire Departments

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that residents and property owners in 61 Illinois communities will benefit from $512,217 in matching grants to rural fire protection districts and fire departments through the federal Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program.

“The federal funding that supports this program provides important assistance to rural and small town fire departments as they upgrade their firefighting equipment and training,” Governor Quinn said.  “Homeowners, business owners and other residents of these communities are the real beneficiaries of this assistance to their firefighters.”

The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program reimburses 50 percent of the recipient’s cost for providing training and acquiring equipment to assist local firefighters.  Grant recipients must make the initial financial outlay for the projects before being reimbursed.  The grants announced today are supporting more than $1 million in local projects.

The U.S. Forest Service grant program is administered in Illinois by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

“The new equipment or training that these grants are helping to provide will enable local fire departments to do an even better job of protecting their communities,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.

A list of the 61 grant recipients is below.

Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Local Agency Grant Awards

 

Volunteer Fire Department Name
County
Grant Amount
Allendale Rural Fire Protection District
Wabash
 $        15,000.00
Alto Pass, Village of (Volunteer Fire Dept)
Union
 $          7,184.00
Amboy Fire Protection District
Lee
 $          7,500.00
Apple River Fire Protection District
Jo Daviess
 $          9,700.00
Athens-Fancy Prairie Fire Protection District
Menard
 $          9,850.00
Beach Park Fire Department
Lake
 $          9,077.00
Blackhawk Fire Protection District
Rock Island
 $          9,890.00
Braceville Volunteer Fire Department
Grundy
 $        15,000.00
Breese Fire District
Clinton
 $          9,785.00
Brighton Betsey Ann Fire Protection District
Macoupin
 $          5,580.00
Buncombe, Village of (Fire Dept)
Johnson
 $          1,735.00
Coal City Fire Protection District
Grundy
 $          3,334.00
Crete, Village of  (Crete Fire Department)
Will
 $          5,364.00
Cullom Fire Protection District
Livingston
 $          6,250.00
DePue, Village of (DePue Fire Co. No. 1)
Bureau
 $          1,799.00
Elizabeth Community Fire Protection District
Jo Daviess
 $        11,152.00
Fillmore Community Fire Protection District
Montgomery
 $          3,156.00
Findlay Fire Protection District
Shelby
 $          5,375.00
Forman Fire Protection District
Mason
 $        15,000.00
Freeport Rural Fire Protection District
Stephenson
 $          7,500.00
French Village Fire Protection District
St. Clair
 $          7,500.00
Galatia, Village of (Galatia Fire & Rescue)
Saline
 $        14,925.00
Goreville Fire Department
Johnson
 $          2,502.00
Hillsboro, City of (Hillsboro Fire Department)
Montgomery
 $        14,513.00
Hudson Volunteer Fire Protection District
McLean
 $          8,024.00
Hutsonville Township Fire Protection District
Crawford
 $          7,089.00
Keyesport Fire Protection District
Bond
 $          7,513.00
Lake & McHenry Co. Fire Dept. Specialized Response Team
Lake/McHenry
 $          1,000.00
Lena Fire Department
Stephenson
 $          4,642.00
Liberty Fire Protection District
Adams
 $          6,464.00
Limestone Fire Protection District
Kankakee
 $          3,250.00
Makanda Township Volunteer Fire Department
Jackson
 $          4,550.00
Marengo Fire Protection District
McHenry
 $          7,481.00
Massac County Fire Protection District
Massac
 $        15,000.00
Mayestown Fire Protection District
Monroe
 $          2,685.00
McNabb Fire Protection District
Putnam
 $          9,675.00
Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District
Grundy
 $        15,000.00
Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District
Bond/Fayette
 $          5,750.00
New Athens Fire Protection District
St. Clair
 $          6,025.00
New Canton Fire Protection District
Pike
 $          5,486.00
Oregon Volunteer Fire Department
Ogle
 $        11,995.00
Pana, City of (Pana Fire Department)
Christian/Shelby
 $          7,311.00
Pittsfield Volunteer Fire Department
Cass
 $          6,775.00
Pocahontas Old Ripley Fire Protection District
Bond
 $          6,120.00
Rochester Fire Protection District
Sangamon
 $        15,000.00
Rural Pope County Fire Protection District
Pope
 $          9,540.00
Sante Fe Fire Protection District
Clinton
 $        14,923.00
Savanna, City of (Savana Volunteer Fire Department)
Carroll
 $          6,000.00
Serena Community Fire Protection District
LaSalle
 $        11,169.00
Sesser Fire Protection District
Franklin
 $          4,939.00
Shawneetown, City of (Shawnee Fire Department)
Gallatin
 $          3,439.00
Sheridan Community Fire Protection District
LaSalle
 $        14,272.00
St. Libory Fire Protection District
St. Clair
 $        14,538.00
St. Rose Fire Protection District
Clinton
 $        11,250.00
Standard FPD
Putnam
 $          6,807.00
Timber Hollis FPD
Peoria
 $          5,991.00
Valier, Village of (Valier Fire Dept)
Franklin
 $          7,450.00
Valmeyer Fire Protection District
Monroe
 $        15,000.00
Vienna, City of  (Vienna Volunteer Fire Department)
Johnson
 $        10,749.00
Virginia Volunteer Fire Department
Cass
 $          6,182.00
Warren Fire Dept
Jo Daviess
 $        14,462.00
Grand Totals
 
 $      512,217.00


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