WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced Feb. 18 that the United States Fire Administration of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $35,213 grant to the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District in Northern Illinois.
Our nations firefighters are called upon day after day to protect Americas citizens, Durbin said. As these brave men and women put themselves in harms way, we must ensure that they are equipped with the best tools possible to do their jobs well, and todays Fire Administration grant will go a long way toward meeting that goal.
The funding is provided through FEMAs Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. In addition to the federal funds, each department must provide some portion of the funding on its own. The cost sharing is based on department size, with larger fire departments bearing a larger share of the program costs. Fire departments serving 50,000 residents or fewer are responsible for 10 percent of the total program costs while departments serving more than 50,000 residents share 30 percent of the total program costs. More than 20,400 fire departments nationwide applied for grant awards in 2004.
Durbin said he will continue his efforts to help secure these important funds for Illinois fire departments.