Schock announces firefighters grant recipients

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-IL, announced today that 15 fire and ambulance first responder organizations across Woodford, Tazewell and McLean counties will be receiving a regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

The grant is being awarded in the amount of $765,160 to the Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District on behalf of 15 area first responder organizations.

The grant will be used to purchase new carbon monoxide detection systems for the firefighters as well as for the purchase of automated external defibrillators. An AED is a medical device designed to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The grant will also go toward the purchase of other essential EMS equipment.

 “This grant is a worthy investment in the first responder apparatus for Woodford, Tazewell and McLean counties by providing essential resources to ensure that our firefighters and first responders have the equipment they need to respond effectively to any situation,” Schock said. “I will continue to be supportive of any grant that will provide better protective equipment for our first responders, and also helps them to do their job more effectively.”

 The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations.

Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards.