The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced 31 Illinois communities will benefit from more than $225,000 in federal grants to rural fire departments and fire protection districts.
The USDA Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance federal grant program provides matching funds to aid fire departments in the purchase of new equipment and helps fund training.
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.
Amboy Fire Protection District: $10,000 for poly tank, pump, monitor, nozzle, valves and sweeps.
Mt. Morris Fire Protection District: $10,000 for sets of SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) bottles
Oregon Fire Protection District: $5,953 for portable tank, hose, chain saw and fire brooms/hand tools
Sublette Fire Protection District: $10,000 for sets of turnout gear/boots