Rep. Lipinski Announces $64,600 FEMA Grant to Hire Firefighter at LaGrange Fire Department

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) and LaGrange Village President Tom Livingston announced today that the LaGrange Fire Department has received a $162,356 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to refill for up to two years a firefighter position that had been lost to retirement.

“One of my top priorities as congressman is helping to make sure our communities have the resources they need to adequately staff for first responders,” Rep. Lipinski said. “This grant allows the Village of LaGrange to fill a valuable position in the fire department and continue to provide top-notch service to area residents and businesses.”

The grant is awarded through the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. In the 2012 fiscal year, the program will award approximately $320 million to fire departments to expand the number of firefighters available to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire and all other hazards.

“This grant provides vital resources to LaGrange's first-responder front line in times of limited local budgets,” Livingston said. “Our community will measurably benefit from Congressman Lipinski’s leadership in public safety and infrastructure investments.”

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