October 31, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $11 Million in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources in Chicagoland


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $11,194,763.84 in federal funding to communities in the Chicagoland area through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations access to much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training in an effort to create safer, more prepared communities.

“Firefighters risk their lives and run toward danger when others run away,” Duckworth said. “We owe it to them to make sure they have the best equipment and training, and I'm proud to join Senator Durbin in announcing this funding to help ensure our firefighters have the resources they need to keep their communities in the Chicagoland area safe.

“Our nation's firefighters are called upon day after day to protect our communities and deserve to be equipped with the best training and tools possible to do their jobs,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I are proud to support these federal grant programs and will continue working to support our state’s firefighters and first responders.”

Under this announcement, the following departments and districts will receive a total of $7,177,606.84 to strengthen fire prevention efforts:

  • Bartlett Fire Protection District: $292,122.72
  • Bensenville Fire Protection District 2: $50,590.90
  • City of Batavia: $238,409.09
  • City of Calumet City: $142,000.00
  • City of Chicago Heights: $173,412.72
  • City of Chicago: $241,080
  • City of Elmhurst: $62,636.36
  • City of Oakbrook Terrace: $127,809.52
  • City of Park Ridge: $43,090.90
  • City of Wood Dale: $118,095.23
  • Crete Township Supervisors Office: $52,380.95
  • Frankfort Fire Protection District: $116,129.09
  • Grant Park Fire Protection District: $80,952.38
  • Hazel Crest Village: $103,733.33
  • Hometown Fire Protection District: $112,000
  • Mokena Fire Protection District: $196,071.42
  • Montgomery & Countryside Fire Protection District: $234,485.71
  • North Palos Fire Protection District: $113,061.81
  • North Park Fire Protection District: $294,801.90
  • Palos Heights Fire Protection District: $106,523.80
  • Prospect Heights Fire Protection District: $22,857.14
  • Roberts Park Fire Protection District: $234,772.72
  • Sandwich Community Fire Protection District: $285,714.28
  • Village of Bridgeview: $25,400
  • Village of Broadview: $70,480
  • Village of Elmwood Park: $40,363.63
  • Village of Flossmoor: $180,000
  • Village of Flossmoor: $479,489.09
  • Village of Franklin Park: $14,285.71
  • Village of Gurnee: $45,181.81
  • Village of Hoffman Estates: $192,181.81
  • Village of Lake Bluff: $41,142.85
  • Village of Lake Zurich: $312,900
  • Village of McCook: $67,904.76
  • Village of Merrionette Park: $121,666.66
  • Village of Mundelein: $229,090.90
  • Village of Niles: $51,727.27
  • Village of Oak Park: $268,160
  • Village of Phoenix: $107,309.52
  • Village of Posen: $141,338.09
  • Village of River Forest: $95,238.09
  • Village of Riverdale: $8,219.04
  • Village of South Holland: $193,409.09
  • Village of Steger: $579,090.90
  • Village of Thornton: $260,234.28
  • Village of Villa Park: $29,090.90
  • York Center Fire Protection District: $180,970.47

Under this announcement, the following departments and districts will receive a total of $4,017,157 as part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program to help ensure local departments are able to meet their respective staffing needs and improve overall preparedness.

  • City of Calumet City: $565,419.20
  • City of Wood Dale: $660,816.30
  • Grayslake Fire Protection District: $672,271.50
  • Huntley Fire Protection District: $1,087,460
  • Village of Homewood: $537,517.50
  • Wilmington Fire Protection District: $493,672.50

Since Fiscal Year 2001, the AFG program has provided approximately $7.1 billion in grants to first-responder organizations. The program is administered by the DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.