Illinois fire departments to receive grants - KMOV.com

Illinois fire departments to receive grants

CHICAGO (AP) -- Fire departments and emergency medical services across Illinois are to receive more than $2.2 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the grants, saying they are meant to fund vehicle acquisition, operations and safety. Durbin's office says there will be 27 grants. The money comes through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program.

Durbin says the money will help to ensure firefighters "are equipped with the best tools possible to do their jobs well."

Among the grants, the Aurora Fire Department is to receive more than $412,000, the Elkville Fire Department is to receive $190,000 and the Deer Creek Fire Protection District is to receive more than $146,000.

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