pexels styves exantus 6357617 rPEORIA – State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) announced that fire protection districts across the district will receive nearly $140,000 in grant funding to purchase necessary equipment.

“When our first responders have reliable and well-maintained equipment, they are able to address emergencies as efficiently as possible,” Koehler said. “By ensuring that the men and women who protect us have necessary equipment, we are keeping our communities and our first responders safer.”

The funding comes as part of the Small Equipment Grant Program, which was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 each for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment.

Local departments will receive the following amounts:

Cass-Putnam Rescue Service- $25,839
Copperas Creek Fire Protection District- $17,000
Peoria Heights Fire Department- $25,660
Cincinnati Fire Protection District- $24,774.76
North Pekin Fire Department- $21,741
Schaeferville Fire Protection District- $24,130.30

“Departments have had to make tough financial decisions, especially this year during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Ensuring our first responders in Illinois have properly functioning lifesaving equipment they need to perform their duties safely, while protecting their communities, is our top priority.”

A full list of grant recipients can be viewed here.

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