Woodridge, Ill. – Over $88,000 will be shared by 90 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2019 Firefighter Grant Program. Since the program was created in 2010, over 590 grants totaling over $582,000 have been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.
“We know the critical role water plays in protecting homes and businesses; we also know resources for our local heroes often run short. The Illinois American Water firefighter grant program was created to help bridge the gap and support our local firefighters,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.
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.
The grants are being announced in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6 – 12, 2019, to raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention and emergency planning. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” It educates about the importance of learning and practicing a home fire escape plan. Learn more at http://www.nfpa.org/public- education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week.