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Joliet Fire Department lands nearly $600,000 Federal Grant

JOLIET – Firefighters will be getting an additional $593,163 dollars to purchase a new self-contained breathing apparatus.

 “Firefighters are called upon day after day to protect our communities and deserve to be equipped with the best training and tools possible to do their jobs,” said Durbin. “I’m proud to announce this federal funding, which will allow the Joliet Fire Department to purchase much needed equipment to improve the safety of its firefighters and the community they serve. I’ll continue working alongside Senator Duckworth and Congressman Foster to provide robust support for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.”

The funding came through a special FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program signed into law by President Biden earlier this year as part of the American Rescue Plan. 

“By securing the AFG award, this will allow our fleet of air packs to be standardized to assure the highest level of safety of our personnel.  Senator Durbin, Senator Duckworth, and Congressman Foster’s support of this initiative shows their commitment to public safety and our community,” said Joliet Fire Chief Greg Blaskey.

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