WASHINGTON, D.C. — Area police and fire departments will receive federal funding, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said this week.
Durbin announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $148,100 grant to the Granite City Fire Department. The funding aims to improve the department’s capability to respond to fires and other emergencies.
“This federal funding will ensure that when fires or other emergencies occur in our communities, our nation’s firefighters and first responders have access to the best resources and the equipment necessary to help protect them as they protect us,” Durbin said.
The funding is provided through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters program, which seeks to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards. Since 2001, the program has provided approximately $5.25 billion to help purchase equipment and vehicles and to provide training. This year, the program will award $304.5 million.
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded a $23,345 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant for law enforcement efforts in Granite City, Alton and Madison County.
“These initiatives will provide vital assistance to those who have been the victims of crimes and enhance community-oriented policing efforts,” Durbin said.
The program, named in memory of a young police officer killed while on duty, is administered by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. The grants are awarded to states and units of local government to support activities to prevent crime and improve the justice system.