Press release from the Office of Congresswoman Robin Kelly
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that four south suburban fire departments will receive a total of $610,000 in federal grants to update safety equipment and fire station exhaust systems.
The Flossmoor Fire Department was awarded $222,345 in federal grants to purchase updated emergency breathing equipment that will make firefighters safer when entering burning buildings. The federal investment will purchase state-of-the-art air packs that will replace the department’s nearly two-decades-old breathing equipment, considered obsolete by federal requirements.
The Calumet City Fire Department will use its $142,000 grant to update the ventilation systems at its two fire stations to remove toxic vehicle exhaust and ensure the health and well-being of their personnel. The monies will also purchase protective gear, including 15 sets of firefighter turnout gear and 25 helmets.
The Crete Township Fire Protection District will use its $52,380 award to install new vehicle exhaust systems at its fire stations, according to Fire Chief Jeffery Panega.
South Holland will purchase new air packs with its $193,409 award.