$77K awarded in firefighter grants


BELLEVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - The Illinois American Water's 2018 Firefighter Grant Program has awarded over $77,000 in grants to Illinois departments.

More than 500 grants totaling over $494,000 have been awarded since 2010.

This year, 78 departments are receiving awards.
"We are proud to partner with our local firefighters.  Illinois American Water tests and operates every fire hydrant annually. We also maintain all of the hydrants, over 29,000 across the state, in our service areas.  We know the critical role water plays in protecting homes and businesses and we also know resources for our local heroes often runs short.  Through this grant program, we are able to partner on another level and further support our local heroes," said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.
The grants are being announced during National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 – 13, 2018, to raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention. 

>>Fire Prevention Week underway

Grant money helps provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs. 

The following local fire departments received grants:

  • Arcola Fire Department
  • Champaign Fire Department
  • Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District
  • Sangamon Valley Fire Protection District
  • Pesotum Fire Protection District
  • Sidney Fire Protection District
  • St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department
  • Tolono Fire Protection District
  • Tuscola Fire Department
  • U of I Willard Airport Fire Department
  • Urbana Fire Department
  • Lincoln Fire Department
  • Lincoln Rural Fire Department
  • Cincinnati Fire Protection District
  • Schaeferville Fire Department
  • City of Pekin Fire Department
  • North Pekin Fire Department
  • Bartonville Fire Department
  • Farmington Fire Protection District
  • Limestone Township Fire Protection District
  • Logan Trivoli Fire Protection District
  • Peoria Fire Department
  • Dunlap Fire Protection District
  • Washington Fire Department
  • West Peoria Fire Protection District
  • Pontiac Fire Department
  • Saunemin Fire Protection District    
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