Illinois American Water awards grants to fire departments

From Illinois Business Journal news services

Approximately $49,600 will be awarded to 62 fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2015 Firefighter Grant Program, which was created in 2010 to provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in the utility’s service area.

The program has resulted in more than 280 grants totaling over $294,000 awarded across the state.

Said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water: “This program enables us to further support fire protection in the communities we serve and partner with our local fire fighters.”

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.

In Southwestern Illinois, grants went to:

Alton, Godfrey, QEM, Cairo, St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department, French Village, Belleville, East Side Fire Protection District, Church Road Fire Protection District, Northwest St. Clair County Fire Protection District, Hamel, Fairmont City, Signal Hill, East St. Louis, Sauget, Pocahontas-Old Ripley, Villa Hills, Mascoutah, Waterloo and Elizabethtown.

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