2 Ill. fire agencies share $849K federal grant


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Fire departments in Streamwood and Taylorville will receive federal grants totaling $849,000.


Officials said Thursday the money is provided through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response" program.


Streamwood will receive about $628,000 for hiring initiatives. Taylorville will get $221,000 for the same purpose.


The program helps firefighting agencies maintain 24-hour staffing and ensures that communities have adequate protection from fires and related hazards.


This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- part of Homeland Security will award $320 million to fire departments and volunteer support groups.



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