Rep. Lipinski Announces $124,659 Grant for Bridgeview Fire Department

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced today that the Bridgeview Fire Department has received a $124,659 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase new equipment to assist firefighters responding to fires and incidents involving hazardous materials. The grant will allow the department to acquire 24 self-contained breathing apparatus and facemasks for every member of the department.

“Our first responders play a critical role in keeping our communities safe. Providing them with the equipment they need to do their jobs is one of my highest priorities,” Rep. Lipinski said. “I’m proud to announce this grant that will improve safety at the Bridgeview Fire Department and better serve the residents and businesses of Bridgeview.”

The grant is awarded through the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. In the 2012 fiscal year, the program will award approximately $337.5 million to fire departments and EMS organizations nationwide to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.

“We appreciate Rep. Lipinski’s assistance with this grant that will allow us to upgrade equipment vital to the safety of the men and women of the Bridgeview Fire Department,” said Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek. “The addition of the new self-contained breathing apparatus will not only help protect our firefighters, but it will ensure that our residents continue to receive the quality service they expect from their fire department.”

For more information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, visit