State Fire Marshal Awards $3.5M In Grants To Illinois First Responders

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 30, 2020 - 9:08 am

SPRINGFIELD (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A lot of fire departments across Illinois are getting help.

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Governor Pritzker have announced the recipients of the Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of $3.5 million has been awarded to 154 fire departments/districts and EMS providers.

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The OSFM received 540 applications, requesting around $12 million in funding during this grant period.

“First responders put their lives on the line every single day to do the critical work of protecting Illinois’ communities. I am pleased to award $3.5 million in small equipment grants to 154 fire departments and EMS providers throughout the state that will enable the purchase of new firefighting and ambulance equipment,” said Governor JB Pritzker, in a statement. “I am grateful for the work our first responders do, and how they work so diligently to maintain the safety of our families.”

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The Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment.

“Ensuring that first responders have the equipment they need to operate effectively and safely is a top priority of the OSFM. Most smaller departments and districts struggle financially to replace or upgrade aging equipment. The impending fiscal impacts resulting from the COVID19 crisis make the OSFM’s Small Equipment Grant Program even more critical to help ease that burden,” said Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez.

Most Illinois fire departments, fire protections districts, township fire departments, and stand-alone, nonprofit ambulance service providers were eligible to apply.

Grant recipients and awards are listed below:

Adams:

  • Mendon Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Payson Fall-Creek Fire Protection District- $24,240

Alexander:

  • Tamms Volunteer Fire Department- $26,000

Bond:

  • Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District- $9,780
  • Smithboro Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Keyesport Fire Protection District- $22,068.40

Bureau:

  • Manlius Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Dalzell Fire Protection District- $17,533

Calhoun:

  • Richwood Volunteer Fire Department- $25,895.65
  • Calhoun County Volunteer Ambulance Service- $25,999

Carroll:

  • Chadwick Fire Protection District- $24,550
  • Savanna Fire Department- $26,000

Cass/Morgan:

  • Arenzville Fire Protection District- $26,000

Champaign:

  • Sangamon Valley Fire Protection District- $24,270
  • Pesotum Fire Department- $22,366.45

Christian:

  • Pana Fire Department- $21,130
  • Owaneco Fire Protection District- $19,275
  • Assumption Fire Protection District- $25,008.95
  • Morrisonville Community Ambulance Service- $17,504.91
  • Midland Fire Protection District- $8,800

Clay/Effingham:

  • North Clay Fire Protection District- $26,000

Clinton:

  • Sugar Creek Ambulance Service- $17,523.40
  • Wheatfield Township Fire Protection District- $24,750
  • Santa Fe Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Hoffman Fire Protection District- $25,600

Coles:

  • Oakland Community Fire Protection District- $25,435
  • Seven Hickory Morgan Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Hutton Fire Protection District- $14,506

Cook:

  • Robbins Fire Department- $25,002

Crawford:

  • Oblong Township Fire Protection District- $26,000

Douglas:

  • Camargo Countryside Fire Protection District- $26,000

Edgar:

  • Chrisman Fire Protection District- $9,735
  • Northern Edgar County Ambulance Service- $22,031.75
  • Brocton Fire Protection District- $21,373

Edwards:

  • West Salem Fire Department- $15,845

Effingham:

  • Watson Fire Protection District- $14,056
  • Tri-County Fire Protection District- $25,142.04

Fayette:

  • St. Elmo Fire Protection District- $26,000

Ford:

  • Melvin Fire Protection District- $18,654.05

Fulton:

  • Cuba Fire Protection District- $10,275
  • Smithfield Fire Protection District- $25,972

Gallatin:

  • Omaha Fire and Rescue- $26,000

Grundy:

  • Braceville Fire Protection District- $21,690

Hancock:

  • Carthage Fire Department- $21,375
  • LaHarpe Fire Protection District- $24,080

Henry:

  • Cambridge Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Osco Fire Protection District- $16,150
  • Clover Township Fire Protection District- $11,678.73
  • Bishop Hill Community Fire Protection District- $7,449

Iroquois:

  • Papineau Fire Protection District- $19,329

Jackson:

  • Campbell Hill Community Volunteer Fire Department- $25,962.88
  • Tower Rock Fire Protection District- $25,696.52
  • Ava Volunteer Fire Department- $26,000

Jefferson:

  • Woodlawn Fire Protection District- $24,838.38
  • Waltonville Fire Protection District- $25,988

Jo Davies:

  • Galena Area Emergency Medical Service District- $26,000

Johnson:

  • Buncombe Volunteer Fire Department- $25,487.76

Kendall:

  • Lisbon-Seward Fire Department- $25,500

Knox:

  • Maquon Fire Protection District- $23,294.45
  • Rio Fire Protection District- $23,899
  • Victoria Copley Fire Protection District- $16,494.87
  • Elba-Salem Fire Protection District- $26,000

LaSalle:

  • Naplate Fire Department- $24,560
  • Cedar Point Fire Department- $17,287
  • Earlville Fire Protection District- $25,415
  • Utica Community Fire and Ambulance Protection District- $21,500

Lee:

  • Compton Community Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Franklin Grove Fire Protection District- $23,317

Livingston:

  • Emington-Campus Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Chatsworth Fire Protection District- $25,350
  • Forrest-Strawn-Wing Fire Protection District- $25,650

Logan:

  • New Holland Fire Protection District- $24,756.80
  • Latham Fire Protection District- $26,000

Macon:

  • Maroa Countryside Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Harristown Fire Protection District- $23,738
  • Argenta-Oreana Fire Department- $26,000
  • Blue Mound Fire Protection District- $26,000

Macoupin:

  • Staunton Area Ambulance Service- $8,273.60
  • Medora Community Fire Protection District- $25,730.14

Madison:

  • Hartford Fire Department- $15,800
  • New Douglas Community Fire Protection District- $25,871.80
  • Prairie Fire Protection District- $22,500

Marion:

  • Odin Fire Protection District- $26,000

Marshall:

  • Wenona Fire Protection District- $23,936

Mason:

  • Bath Fire Protection District- $25,975
  • Easton Rural Fire Protection District- $23,830
  • Kilbourne Fire Protection District- $26,000

Massac:

  • Joppa Fire Department- $26,000

McDonough:

  • Emmet-Chalmers Fire Protection District- $26,000

McDonough/Schuyler:

  • Industry Fire Protection District- $11,418.52

McLean:

  • Bloomington Township Fire Protection District- $25,000
  • Ellsworth Fire Protection District- $16,710
  • Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire Protection District- $18,000
  • Randolph Township Fire Protection District- $19,205

Monroe:

  • Maeystown Rural Fire Protection District- $24,947.40

Montgomery:

  • Coffeen Fire Protection District- $24,700
  • Farmersville Waggoner Fire Protection District- $24,008
  • Witt Volunteer Fire Department- $25,612.30
  • Hillsboro Fire Department- $25,929.60

Morgan:

  • Chapin Area Rescue Squad- $15,975
  • Murrayville-Woodson EAS- $12,072.20
  • Woodson Fire Protection District- $26,000

Moultrie:

  • Bethany Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Lovington Community Ambulance- $26,000

Ogle:

  • Forreston Fire Protection District- $22,643.08
  • Leaf River Fire Protection District- $21,300
  • Polo Fire Protection District- $14,371
  • Rochelle Fire Department- $22,000
  • Stillman Fire Protection District- $26,000

Piatt:

  • Cisco Fire Protection District- $24,640
  • North Piatt County Fire Protection District- $25,052.93

Pike:

  • Griggsville Fire Department- $24,000
  • Pleasant Hill-Spring Creek EMS- $20,614
  • Spring Creek Fire Protection District- $26,000

Pope:

  • Rural Pope County Fire Protection District- $25,266.50

Pulaski:

  • Mounds City Fire Department- $25,334
  • Mounds Volunteer Fire Department- $25,780.35

Randolph:

  • Coulterville Community Fire Protection District- $26,000
  • Percy Fire Department- $26,000
  • Red Bud Fire Department- $23,910
  • Tilden Fire Protection District- $25,237.04

Saline:

  • Village of Carrier Mills Fire Department- $25,960

Sangamon:

  • Buffalo Fire Protection District- $25,000
  • New Berlin-Island Grove Fire Protection District- $21,694
  • Pleasant Plains Fire Protection District- $26,000

Scott:

  • Winchester EMS- $13,200

Shelby:

  • Cowden Fire Protection District- $25,801

St. Clair:

  • Brooklyn Fire Protection District- $25,996.85
  • Caseyville Fire Department- $21,932.51
  • Church Road Fire Protection District- $24,935.85
  • Fairmont City Fire Protection District- $25,466
  • Midway Fire Protection District- $26,000

Stark:

  • Toulon Fire Protection District- $26,000

Tazewell:

  • Green Valley Fire Protection District- $20,000

Tazewell/Logan:

  • Armington Community Fire Protection District- $15,090

Union:

  • Cobden Fire Department- $24,524.30
  • Dongola Fire Department- $25,146

Vermilion:

  • Bismarck Community Fire Protection District- $17,000
  • Carroll Township Fire Protection District- $25,933.54

Wabash:

  • Bellmont Area Fire Protection District- $21,450

Warren:

  • Little York Volunteer Fire Protection District- $25,820
  • R.S.P. & E.F.P.D-Roseville Fire Protection District- $21,749.40

Warren/Mercer:

  • Alexis Fire Protection District- $25,765

Washington:

  • Ashley Community Fire Protection District- $16,000
  • Okawville Community Fire Protection District- $26,000

White:

  • City of Carmi- $25,764
  • Enfield Fire Protection District- $25,276.25

Whiteside:

  • Prophetstown Fire Protection District- $23,413.48

Will:

  • Mokena Fire Protection District- $20,336.37
  • Steger Estates Fire Protection District- $25,992

Williamson:

  • Pittsburg Volunteer Fire Department- $24,788

Williamson/Saline:

  • Stonefort Fire Department- $23,360

Winnebago:

  • Cherry Fire Protection District- $18,153
  • Winnebago County Fire Protection District #1- $26,000