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Fire department grants drawing attention to Fire Prevention Week

BELLEVILLE — More than $75,000 will be shared by 78 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2017 Firefighter Grant Program, the company announced today.

illinoisamericanwaterlogoSince the program was created in 2010, more than 425 grants totaling over $417,000 have been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.

“We are proud to partner with our local firefighters. Illinois American Water tests and operates every fire hydrant annually. We also maintain all of the hydrants, over 29,000 across the state, in our service areas. We know the critical role water plays in protecting homes and businesses and we also know resources for our local heroes often runs short. Through this grant program, we are able to partner on another level and further support our local heroes,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water president.

The grants are being announced during National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 – 14, 2017, to raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Learn more at

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. Grants are going to the following Illinois fire departments:

Southern Illinois

City of Alton Fire Department
Cottage Hills Fire Protection District
Godfrey Fire Protection District
Cairo Fire Department
Belleville Fire Department
Cahokia Volunteer Fire Department
Church Road Fire Protection District
Columbia Fire Department
East Side Fire Protection District
East. St. Louis Fire Department
Fairmont City Fire Department
French Village Fire Department
Granite City Fire Department
Hamel Volunteer Fire Department
Holiday Shores Fire Department
Marine Volunteer Fire Protection District
Mascoutah Fire Department
Midway Fire Protection District
Millstadt Fire Department
Mitchell Fire Department
Northwest Fire Protection District
Pocahontas – Old Ripley Fire Department
Sauget Fire Department
Signal Hill Fire Department
St. Clair Special Emergency Services
Swansea Fire Department
Villa Hills Fire Department
Washington Park Fire Department
Waterloo Fire Department
Worden Fire Department Bond-Madison

Northern Illinois

Bolingbrook Fire Department
Des Plaines Fire Department
Elmhurst Fire Department
Elgin Fire Department
Homer Township Fire Protection District
Lemont Fire Protection District
Lisle-Woodridge Fire District
Mount Prospect Fire Department
Northwest Homer Fire Protection District
Orland Fire Protection District
Oswego Fire Protection District
Plainfield Fire Protection District
Prospect Heights Fire Protection District
South Beloit Fire & Rescue
Sterling Fire Department
Allan Township Fire Protection District
Dana Fire Protection District
Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department
Leonore Volunteer Fire Department
Long Point Community Volunteer Fire Protection District
Streator Fire Department

Central Illinois

Arcola Fire Department
Champaign Fire Department
Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District
Edge-Scott Fire Protection District
Pesotum Fire Protection District
Sadorus Fire Protection District
Savoy Fire Department
Sidney Fire Protection District
St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department
Tolono Fire Protection District
Tuscola Fire Department
U of I Willard Airport Fire Department
Urbana Fire Department
Lincoln Fire Department
Lincoln Rural Fire Department
Cincinnati Fire Protection District
Schaeferville Fire Department
City of Pekin Fire Department
North Pekin Fire Department
Bartonville Fire Department
Dunlap Community Fire Protection District
Limestone Township Fire Protection District
Logan Trivoli Fire Protection District
Peoria Fire Department
West Peoria Fire Protection District
Pontiac Fire Department
Saunemin Fire Protection District

About Illinois American Water

Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

— The Illinois Business Journal

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