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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2011

Governor Quinn Announces Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Grants
Federally-Funded Grants will Boost Public Safety Throughout Illinois by Supporting 90 Rural and Small Town Fire Departments

CHICAGO – September 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 90 Illinois communities will benefit from more than $677,000 in federal grants to rural fire protection districts and fire departments. The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program is a federally-funded program that provides matching funds to aid fire departments in the purchase of new equipment and training.

“This important program boosts public safety by helping many of Illinois’ rural and small town fire departments upgrade their equipment and training,” Governor Quinn said. “Homeowners and business owners throughout the state will benefit from this assistance to their local firefighters.”

The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program reimburses 50 percent of the recipients’ costs 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 $1.3 million in local projects.

The U.S. Forest Service grant program is administered in Illinois by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), however no state funds are involved.

“Local firefighters will be able to do a better job of protecting property and lives in their communities thanks to the federal funds being used for the new equipment and training these grants support,” IDNR Director Marc Miller said.

A list of the 90 grant recipients is below:

Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Local Agency Grant Awards

Volunteer Fire Department Name Grant Amount County
Alto Pass FD $ 7,331.50 Union
Amboy FPD $15,000.00 Lee
Anna FD $11,500.00 Union
Ashland VFD $ 1,375.75 Cass
Bath FPD $ 4,420.00 Mason
Bismarck Comm. FPD $ 6,000.00 Vermilion
Blackhawk FPD $ 7,105.00 Rock Island
Bourbonnais FPD $ 2,400.00 Kankakee
Brighton Betsey Ann FPD $ 2,878.00 Macoupin/Jersey
Cerro Gordo $ 2,985.00 Piatte
Chadwick FPD $ 6,876.85 Carroll
Cobden VFC, Inc. $14,959.50 Union
Crete FD $ 1,500.00 Williamson
Crete Township $14,850.00 Williamson
Divernon FPD $ 5,647.00 Sangamon
Dixon Rural FPD $ 4,120.00 Lee/Ogle
Dowell FD $ 1,441.00 Jackson
Easton Rural FPD $ 4,750.00 Mason
Fairbury, City of $10,262.28 Livingston
Fillmore Comm. FPD $ 3,316.00 Montgomery
Fox Lake FPD $14,770.00 Lake
Freeport Rural FPD $ 5,019.75 Stephenson
French Village FPD $ 7,200.00 St. Clair
Godfrey FPD $15,000.00 Madison
Grant Park, FPD $ 5,000.00 Kankakee
Greater Wabash FPD $13,365.00 Wabash
Greenville FPD $ 7,061.50 Bond
Hebron/Alden/Greenwood FPD $ 3,750.00 McHenry
Hull-Kinderhook FPD $ 4,804.00 Pike
Jonesboro FPD $ 7,500.00 Union
Kankakee Twp. FPD $ 4,975.00 Kankakee
Keyesport FPD $ 9,490.00 Bond
Lake County Wildland FTF $ 459.00 Lake
Lake Egypt FPD $ 7,399.00 Williamson
Lena FPD $10,385.00 Stephenson
Leonore VFD $15,000.00 LaSalle
Lexington FPD $ 0,800.00 McLean
Liberty FPD $12,000.00 Adams
Limestone, FPD $ 4,300.00 Kankakee
Lincoln FPD $ 7,314.00 Coles
Loami, FPD $ 2,901.00 Sangamon
Lostant FPD $15,000.00 LaSalle
Maeystown $ 2,500.00 Monroe
Magnolia FPD $ 2,000.00 Putnam
Massac FPD $15,000.00 Massac
McClure/East Cape Girardeau $ 7,982.50 Alexander
Metropolis FD $ 5,765.00 Massac
Mid_Piatt FPD $ 2,325.00 Piatt
Milledgeville FPD $ 2,475.00 Carroll
Morris FPD $15,000.00 Grundy
Mt. Hope Funks Grove $ 5,012.50 McLean
Mulberry Grove $ 3,960.00 Bond/Fayette
Neoga FPD $ 3,967.50 Cumberland
New Athens $ 7,463.00 St. Clair
Newport $ 3,500.00 Lake
Niota FD $ 6,000.00 Hancock
North Clay FPD $12,370.00 Clay/Effingham
Northern Piatt FPD $ 8,077.00 Piatt
Oakland FD $15,000.00 Coles
Odin FPD $ 7,497.50 Marion
Oglesby FD $ 6,600.00 LaSalle
Olmsted FD $ 2,160.00 Pulaski
Olney FPD $ 5,000.00 Richland
Park Forest FD $ 2,102.00 Cook/Will
Petersburg FPD $ 9,574.50 Menard
Pleasant Plains $ 5,000.00 Sangamon
QEM $14,200.00 Jersey
Rapids City FPD $12,500.00 Rock Island
Roanoke FPD $ 915.00 Woodford
Rural Pope County $12,608.00 Pope
Salina Township FPD $ 2,565.00 Kankakee
Scales Mound FPD $ 6,347.78 Jo Daviess
Secor FPD $ 4,079.00 Woodford
Sheridan Comm. FPD $ 8,750.00 LaSalle
Sherman FPD $ 1,617.00 Sangamon
South Jacksonville FPD $15,000.00 Morton
Spring Valley FD $ 2,402.12 Bureau
St. Libory FPD $ 7,287.50 St. Clair
Standard FPD $ 4,625.00 Putnam/LaSalle
Stockton FPD $14,408.00 JoDaviess
Timber Hollis, FPD $ 8,115.00 Peoria
Union FPD $14,824.50 McHenry
Utica FPD $ 6,810.00 LaSalle
Valier FPD $ 7,600.00 Franklin
Valmeyer FPD $ 8,720.00 Monroe
Vergennes FD $ 400.95 Jackson
Ware-Wolf Lake FPD $ 2,850.00 Union
Williamson County FPD $ 6,590.00 Williamson
Williamsville, FPD $10,464.00 Sangamon
Woodland FPD $ 4,990.00 Iroquois
Grand Total $677,211.48  


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