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French Village Fire Department one of several to get federal funding

French Village Fire Department trucks and Caseyville Police cruisers block the northbound lanes of Illinois 157 about a mile south of I-64 after at least two cars were involved in a collision in this 2014 file photo. French Village recently received $97,143 in federal funding for operations and safety.
French Village Fire Department trucks and Caseyville Police cruisers block the northbound lanes of Illinois 157 about a mile south of I-64 after at least two cars were involved in a collision in this 2014 file photo. French Village recently received $97,143 in federal funding for operations and safety.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to fire departments and municipalities throughout Illinois, including the French Village Fire Department in Fairview Heights.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Monday that FEMA awarded $1,635,535 total. The French Village Fire Department received $97,143 in funding.

“This federal funding will ensure that when fires or other emergencies occur in our communities, our nation’s firefighters and first-responders have access to the best resources and the equipment necessary to help protect them as they protect us,” Durbin said in a news release.

The funding was provided through the the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which seeks to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire related hazards.

Durbin said the following fire departments and protection districts are set to receive funding for vehicle acquisition:

  • Gurnee Fire Department: $386,364
  • Mount Hope-Funks Grove Fire Protection District: $119,048
  • Mattoon Fire Department: $285,715.

The following fire departments and protection districts are set to receive funding for operations and safety:

  • Westmont Fire Department: $19,546 in funding
  • Sugar Grove Township Fire Protection District: $203,429
  • Clinton Fire & Rescue (Clinton, Illinois): $39,610
  • Sycamore Fire Department: $52,096
  • Winthrop Harbor Fire Department: $67,924
  • Grayslake Fire Protection District: $12,000
  • Village of Oak Lawn: $144,182
  • Champaign Fire Department: $183,478
  • Park Ridge Fire Department: $25,000
  • French Village Fire Department: $97,143.
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