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CHAMPAIGN – Area fire departments will benefit from a portion of $3.3 million in equipment grants awarded to Illinois communities, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) announced Tuesday.

“First responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe,” Bennett said. “These equipment grants come at a critical time for local fire departments and will allow them to replace outdated gear that no longer meets current standards.”

The Small Equipment Grant Program was established by the Office of the State Fire Marshal to provide grants of up to $26,000 to support small firefighting and ambulance equipment purchases. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments and EMS providers across the state through the program.

Four grant recipients are located within the 52nd Senate District:

  • Carroll Fire Protection District – $16,376.76
  • Gifford Fire Protection District – $9,350
  • Savoy Fire Department – $10,982
  • Westville Area Fire Protection District – $26,000

A complete list of recipients and awards can be found on the OSFM website.

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