Pritzker Administration Awards $3.3 Million to First Responders Across Illinois

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today announced the recipients of the 2021 Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state. The OSFM received 448 applications, requesting around $10.5 million in funding for this grant period. The Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 each for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment. This program is an innovative approach to a problem that has long caused difficulties for the fire departments and not-for profit ambulance services in Illinois, particularly those that have hardships in generating the necessary revenue for small equipment. The purpose is to allow eligible applicants the opportunity to purchase small equipment that they may otherwise not be able to purchase. Most Illinois fire departments, fire protections districts, township fire departments, and stand-alone, nonprofit ambulance service providers were eligible to apply. All fire departments, fire protections districts and township fire department applicants were required to have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of two years prior to applying.

Horseshoe Lake Volunteer Fire Department- $26,000
McClure-East Cape Girardeau Fire Protection District- $23,757.50

Jefferson Fire Protection District- $25,638

Carbondale Fire Department- $6,771.41
Murphysboro Fire Department- $8,388
Vergennes Fire Department- $25,990

Kell Community Fire Protection District- $25,752.18
Salem Fire Protection District- $14,580

DuQuoin Fire Department- $25,300
Pinckneyville Fire Protection District- $26,000

Sparta Fire Department- $26,000
Steeleville Fire Department- $21,000.88


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