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Four south suburban fire departments receive federal grants totaling $610,000

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.

The purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program is to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. Read more.

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