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Local fire departments receive state grants

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:10 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis on Monday announced a $4 million investment to help 193 fire departments across the state purchase safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other tools for firefighters.

The Genoa-Kingston Fire Protection District received $26,000, and the Sandwich Community Fire Protection District received $20,000.

These small equipment grants are supported by a small percentage of the sales of all fire insurance sold in Illinois. The grants, in amounts up to $26,000, are part of Quinn’s aim to ensure the safety of people in every community across Illinois.

The fire marshal’s office received 389 applications requesting more than two times the total amount of grant funding available this year.

The small equipment grant committee, comprised of members of the fire service, examined the applications in a blind review, and recommended the $4 million in available grant money to be awarded to 193 of the fire departments who submitted applications.

– Daily Chronicle

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