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Sycamore Fire Department nets $35K in FEMA support

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Fire Department has received a $35,620 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to purchase 16 new sets of protective clothing.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., announced the grants this week for nine first-responder organizations including fire and emergency medical services across the state, totaling $866,923 between them, a news release states.

The grant covers 95 percent of the estimated $37,400 price tag of the new gear, according to the release. The clothing it is replacing is more than 10 years old. National Fire Protection Standards state that protective clothing must be replaced when it reaches 10 years old, regardless of the clothing’s condition, Sycamore fire officials said.

The funding was provided by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which has provided about $5.25 billion since 2001 in federal funding across the country to help organizations afford new equipment, personal protective equipment, training and vehicles, according to a news release. The grant will award $304.5 million to first-responder organizations this year, the news release states.

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