Maeystown, Valmeyer fire departments receive grant

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The Maeystown and Valmeyer fire departments were among 193 fire departments across Illinois to receive state grant funding for equipment.

Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis on Feb. 28 announced a $4 million investment to help 193 fire departments across the state purchase safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other tools for firefighters.

These small equipment grants are supported by a small percentage of the sales of all fire insurance sold in Illinois.

The Small Equipment Grant Program provides funds directly to local units of government for the purchase of small equipment by a fire department, fire protection district or township fire department. These departments are eligible for grants up to $26,000.

The Fire Marshal’s office received 389 applications requesting more than two times the total amount of grant funding available this year. The Small Equipment Grant committee, comprised of members of the fire service, examined the applications in a blind review, and recommended the $4 million in available grant money to be awarded to 193 of the fire departments who submitted applications.

Maeystown received a grant in the amount of $22,033. Valmeyer received a grant in the amount of $25,926.

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