Rep. Lipinski Announces $224,007 Grant for Bedford Park Fire Department
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced today that the Bedford Park Fire Department has received a $224,007 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 44 self-contained breathing apparatus, including facemasks for every member of the department, spare air tanks and two additional special rescue kits that supply breathing air to trapped firefighters.
“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 Bedford Park Fire Department and better serve the residents and businesses of Bedford Park.”
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 Bedford Park Fire Department,” said Bedford Park Mayor David Brady. “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 www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.
Contribute Volunteer Lawn Sign Get Updates