ALTON — Approximately $49,600 will be awarded to 62 fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2015 Firefighter Grant Program.
The program was created in 2010 to provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area. Since creation, the program has resulted in more than 280 grants totaling approximately $294,000 awarded across the state.
“We are committed to supporting our local fire departments,” Illinois American Water president Bruce Hauk said. “This program enables us to further support fire protection in the communities we serve and partner with our local firefighters.”
Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water-handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs. Illinois American Water presented grants to the following area fire departments:
• Alton Fire Department
• Godfrey Fire Protection District
• QEM Fire Protection District
• Hamel Volunteer Fire Department