Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Illinois American Water Awards over $75,000 in Firefighter Grants

Over $75,000 will be shared by 78 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2017 Firefighter Grant Program. Since the program was created in 2010, over 425 grants totaling over $417,000 has been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.
“We are proud to partner with our local firefighters. Illinois American Water tests and operates every fire hydrant annually. We also maintain all of the hydrants, over 29,000 across the state, in our service areas. We know the critical role water plays in protecting homes and businesses and we also know resources for our local heroes often runs short. Through this grant program, we are able to partner on another level and further support our local heroes,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President. The grants are being announced during National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 – 14, 2017, to raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Learn more here - http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week
Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs. Illinois American Water presented grants to the following Illinois fire departments: Northern Illinois
Bolingbrook Fire Department Des Plaines Fire Department
Elmhurst Fire Department
Elgin Fire Department
Homer Township Fire Protection District
Lemont Fire Protection District
Lisle-Woodridge Fire District
Mount Prospect Fire Department
Northwest Homer Fire Protection District
Orland Fire Protection District
Oswego Fire Protection District
Plainfield Fire Protection District
Prospect Heights Fire Protection District

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