More than $48,000 will be awarded to 70 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2016 Firefighter Grant Program, including several local departments.
The program was created in 2010 to provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in the utility’s service area. To date, the program has resulted in more than 350 grants totaling approximately $342,000 awarded across the state.
“Our teams partner closely with fire departments, testing and operating every fire hydrant across the state and working hard to ensure reliable water service for fire protection, but we wanted to do more,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water. “This program enables us to further support our local heroes in the communities we serve.”
The 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
- Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department
- Madison Fire Department
- Mitchell Fire Department
- Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department
- Venice Fire Department
For information, visit amwater.com.