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3 Central Illinois fire departments receive nearly $29k in state COVID-19 relief grants

(WEEK) -- 3 fire departments in Central Illinois will receive a portion of over $316,000 from the one-time Illinois Fire Department COVID-19 Relief Grant.

Smithfield Fire Protection District is receiving $13,150, Havana Rural Fire Protection District is receiving $4,476 and Marquette Heights Fire Department is receiving $10,773 -- a total of $28,399, according to a release from the state.

This one-time grant allows eligible departments to receive up to $15,000 in order to make up for lost donations revenues stemming from the inability to host local fundraising events during the period of quarantine in 2020.

“Firefighters bravely put their lives on the line to protect their neighbors and broader community. Throughout COVID-19, fire departments across the state continued to answer calls for assistance and provide critical frontline support in the fight against the virus,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I’m pleased to announce $316,000 in funding has been allocated to fire departments across the state whose fiscal operations were hindered by COVID-19. With these grants, our brave firefighters will once again have access to the critical tools they need.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit fire department budgets hard, especially rural volunteer departments who depend mainly on fundraising activities to pay for essential operational needs,” said Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “The funds provided to departments will help to keep the lights on and fuel in the trucks so they can respond safely and effectively to help their community members during an emergency.”

A full list of grant recipients and awards can be found below:

Adams:
Clayton Fire Protection District: $7,952
Ursa Fire Protection District: $1,939
Loraine Fire Protection District: $8,300

Bureau:
Cherry Fire Protection District: $6,392

Clinton:
Wheatfield Fire Protection District: $8,760
Beckemeyer-Wade Fire Protection District: $15,000
Hoffman Fire Protection District: $2,904
Germantown Rural Fire Protection District: $15,000

Coles:
Wabash Fire Protection District: $13,936

Fayette:
Brownstown Fire Protection District: $9,655

Franklin:
Coello Volunteer Fire Department: $10,651
Ziegler Fire Department: $9,028

Fulton:
Smithfield Fire Protection District: $13,150

Gallatin:
Shawneetown Fire Department: $11,030

Jackson:
Dowell Fire Department: $10,586
Vergennes Fire Department: $910

Jo Daviess:
Apple River Fire Protection District: $12,686

Madison:
Worden Fire Protection District: $11,164

Marion:
Odin Fire Protection District: $10,049

Mason:
Havana Rural Fire Protection District: $4,476

McDonough:
New Salem Fire Protection District: $2,421
Emmet-Chalmers Fire Protection District: $11,355

Montgomery:
Witt Volunteer Fire Department: $15,000

Perry:
Pickneyville Fire Department: $4,388

Pike:
Hull-Kinderhook Fire Department: $7,600

Pulaski:
Olmstead Fire Department: $6,451

Randolph:
Prairie du Rocher Community Fire Department: $15,000
Tilden Fire Department: $7,160

St. Clair:
St. Libory Volunteer Fire Company: $15,000
Camp Jackson Fire Department: $1,586
Fairmont City Fire Department: $8,540
Lebanon-Emerald Mound Fire Department: $15,000

Tazewell:
Marquette Heights Fire Department: $10,773
 
Union:
Ware/Wolf Lake Fire Protection District: $1,976

White:
Little Wabash Fire Protection District: $3,986

Williamson:
Hurst Fire Department: $6,260

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