Rep. Lipinski Announces $32,775 Grant to Palos Heights Fire Protection District
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced today that the Palos Heights Fire Protection District has received a $32,775 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase new motorized ambulance cots. The grant will allow the fire protection district to buy three cots, one for each ambulance in the fleet, making it easier for personnel to work on patients and eliminating the risk of injury from lifting and moving stretchers manually.
“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 Palos Heights Fire Protection District and better serve the residents and businesses in the Palos Heights area.”
“We appreciate Rep. Lipinski's assistance with this grant that will allow the Palos Heights Fire Protection District to better respond to residents in the Palos Heights area,” said Palos Heights Mayor Robert Straz. “The addition of the motorized ambulance cots will ensure that our residents continue to receive the quality service they have come to expect.”
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.
“This grant will allow our firefighter/paramedics to respond more efficiently during emergency medical responses, and will cut down on the chance of injury that can occur on the job,” said Palos Height Fire Protection District Chief Timothy Sarhage. “We are thankful for Rep. Lipinski’s work on behalf of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and look forward to continuing to provide top-notch service and care to our community.”
For more information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, visit www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.
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