Schneider Announces Federal Grants for 10th District Fire Departments – Shaw Local


LINCOLNSHIRE – U.S. Representative Brad Schneider, D-Deerfield, announced $676,264 in federal grants to fire departments in Lincolnshire, Grayslake, Winthrop Harbor and Mount Prospect, all of which are located in Illinois’ 10th congressional district .

Federal grant funds will help local fire departments upgrade and replace personnel safety equipment, upgrade to the latest technology, purchase new fire trucks and hire new firefighters.

FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security provide these grants through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. The purpose of the AFG program is to help fire departments improve their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and their personnel.

“Every day, I am grateful for the dedication and professionalism of our 10th District firefighters and other first responders,” Schneider said in a press release. “It is extremely important that these departments are well staffed, fully trained and properly equipped to continue to serve our communities.”

The Grayslake Fire Protection District has received $363,636 to purchase a new water pump/tender to help transport water to the scene of a fire.

The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District received $50,241 to replace its 20-year-old air fill station, which is used to fill firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatus and scuba tanks. The grant will also be used to purchase equipment to annually test respirator masks, hazmat masks, ADM masks and other equipment. The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District will also replace its outdated radios.

The Winthrop Harbor Fire Department received $214,222 to fund the replacement of outdated portable and mobile radios.

The Mount Prospect Fire Department received $48,163 to hire six new fighters, bringing the village up to National Fire Protection Association standards.

Since January, federal grants totaling $135,959,702 have been awarded to 70 organizations in Illinois’ 10th congressional district. Schneider has written more than 30 letters of support on behalf of local organizations seeking federal funding.


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