Fire Departments Receive Federal Grants
February 22, 2011
By Jane Michaels
Federal grants totaling more than $76,000 from the Department of Homeland Security have been awarded to the fire departments of La Grange and LaGrange Park.
La Grange is slated to receive $57,095 to upgrade equipment to enhance firefighters' ability to respond to a range of emergency situations.
"Having the latest technology installed in our vehicles will help our firefighters respond to emergencies more quickly and more effectively," La Grange Village President Elizabeth Asperger said. "With this funding, the capability and preparedness of our firefighters will remain at a high level."
LaGrange Park will get $19,319 to purchase a "jaws of life" high-strength hydraulic cutter for extricating persons pinned in vehicles following crashes.
"The new cutters will have the capability to handle many of the new high strength steels and other metals used in modern day vehicle construction," said Fire Chief Dean Maggos.
The village's funds also will be used to install mobile data terminals in vehicles for improved communication and software enhancing organization and accountability at the scene of an emergency.
Officials from the two villages expressed appreciation to U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-3rd, Western Springs, for his assistance in obtaining the grants.
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