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Illinois American Water awards more than $48,000 in 2016 fire department grants


More than $48,000 will be awarded to 70 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2016 Firefighter Grant Program.

The program was created in 2010 to provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area. To date, the program has resulted in more than 350 grants totaling over $342,000 awarded across the state.

“Our teams partner closely with fire departments, testing and operating every fire hydrant across the state and working hard to ensure reliable water service for fire protection, but we wanted to do more,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water. “This program enables us to further support our local heroes in the communities we serve.”

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.

A number of the grants are going to fire departments in Southern Illinois, including:

City of Alton Fire Department
Godfrey Fire Protection District
QEM Fire Protection District
Cairo Fire Department
Belleville Fire Department
Church Road Fire Protection District
Columbia Fire Department
East St. Louis Fire Department
Fairmont City Fire Department
French Village Fire Department
Hamel Volunteer Fire Department
Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department
Madison Fire Department
Mascoutah Fire Department
Midway Fire Protection District
Mitchell Fire Department
Northwest St. Clair County Fire Protection District
O’Fallon Fire Department
Pocahontas – Old Ripley Fire Department
Sauget Fire Department
Signal Hill Fire Department
St. Clair Special Emergency Services
Swansea Fire Department
Venice Fire Department
Villa Hills Fire Department
Washington Park Fire Department
Waterloo Fire Department

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