Rep. Lipinski Announces $214,533 Grant to Chicago Ridge Fire Department
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced today that the Chicago Ridge Fire Department has received a $214,533 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase a new ambulance with a battery-powered stretcher, saving the village from the costs of maintaining an older vehicle and making it safer for personnel to work on patients, reducing 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 and cut costs at the Chicago Ridge Fire Department, providing better service to area residents and businesses.”
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 be used to replace one of our ambulances that is 17 years old. Replacing it will benefit Chicago Ridge residents by allowing us to save money on maintenance costs and cutting down on the chance of injury that can occur on the job to our firefighter-paramedics,” said Chicago Ridge Fire Chief Robert Muszynski. “We are thankful for the congressman’s work on behalf of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and look forward to continuing to provide the best service and care possible 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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