Fire Departments Get IL State Grants

David C.L. Bauer

Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Ill.

(MCT)

Jun. 19—Fire and rescue departments in west-central Illinois will receive almost $253,000 as their share of $3.3 million being awarded statewide for new equipment.

The funds are through the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s small-equipment grant program. Of the 448 that applied, 149 fire departments and EMS providers received grants of up to $26,000 each.

Twelve grants were approved in west-central Illinois.

State Fire Marshal Matt Perez said the program helps smaller departments replace aging equipment without a burden on funding.

“Departments have had to make tough financial decisions, especially this year during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “Ensuring our first responders in Illinois have properly functioning lifesaving equipment they need to perform their duties safely while protecting their communities is our top priority.”

Grant recipients in the region are:

Brown County

—Brown County Fire Protection District, $26,000

—Mount Sterling Fire Department, $26,000

Cass County

—Virginia Volunteer Fire Department, $10,948

Greene County

—Roodhouse Fire Protection District, $22,831

—White Hall Fire Protection District, $24,500

Jersey County

—Jerseyville Fire Department, $25,698

Macoupin County

—Brighton Betsy Ann Fire Protection District, $24,145

—Bunker Hill Fire Protection District, $12,751

—Girard Fire Protection District, $25,256

Morgan County

—South Jacksonville Fire Department, $20,636

Pike County

—Pleasant Hill Fire Protection District, $16,622

Schuyler County

—City of Rushville, $17,538

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