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Davis confirms federal grant for Godfrey Fire Department


SPRINGFIELD –The Godfrey Fire Protection District has been awarded a grant for operations and safety from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said Wednesday.

“Firefighter grants from the Department of Homeland Security are highly sought after and therefore highly competitive,” said Davis in a statement. “Congratulations to the Godfrey Fire Protection District for winning this grant, an important step in ensuring our first responders have up-to-date equipment.”

The grant, from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, is in the amount of $23,572 and will be used to purchase a breathing air compressor for the department.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is part of a larger federal effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. Since 2001, the AFG has provided approximately $5.6 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

                                                                                                                         — From the Illinois Business Journal

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