Rep. Lipinski Announces $122,972 Grant for La Grange Fire Department

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is announcing that the La Grange Fire Department has been awarded $122,972 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.  The grant will be used to help purchase fire equipment, including 22 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) devices, 22 spare bottles, and 3 additional face pieces.  The new SCBAs will replace the existing (1997 standard) units that were purchased in 2001.  Those packs are badly aged and worn from 14 years of heavy use.

“Federal funding is needed to meet the increased demands being placed on our nation's first responders,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “This grant will allow the La Grange Fire Department to purchase much needed new equipment.  In doing so, they will be able to continue to build upon their already impressive record of service while improving the safety and quality of life of area residents.  I know a number of the firefighters in La Grange and I know their dedication to keeping the people in the village safe.” 

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program provides needed federal funds to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in order to improve the response capabilities of our nation's first responders and the safety of our communities.