BRADLEY, Ill. – The Bradley Fire Department is set to ramp up its operational capabilities and services following the receipt of two substantial grants totaling $248,645.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awarded the department $204,533, earmarked for the procurement of new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or Air Packs. According to officials, the equipment, replacing units over 15 years old that no longer meet NFPA standards, will ensure firefighters can effectively tackle emergencies in hazardous environments. Congresswoman Robin Kelly personally handed the award to the Village of Bradley earlier this week.
In addition, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has endowed Bradley’s first responders with a $44,112 grant. This will be directed towards the acquisition of a Zoll X Series Monitor/Defibrillator & Accessories, enhancing the department’s life-saving capabilities during medical emergencies. Deputy Chief Mike Whalen expressed his gratitude, underscoring the significance of equipping responders with the right tools.
With Bradley’s firefighters already responding to close to 3,000 emergency calls this year, this financial boost ensures the department remains at the forefront of safety in Kankakee County.