HOMER GLEN, IL — The Homer Township Fire Protection District will be purchasing new safety vests for firefighters thanks to a grant from Illinois American Water. According to a release, the IAW 2017 Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas.
This year, approximately $75,000 will be awarded to 78 Illinois fire departments. Since the program was created in 2010, over 425 grants totaling over $417,000 has been awarded, according to a release.
“We are proud to partner with our local firefighters. Illinois American Water tests and operates every fire hydrant annually. We also maintain all of the hydrants, over 29,000 across the state, in our service areas,” Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President, said in a release. “We know the critical role water plays in protecting homes and businesses and we also know resources for our local heroes often runs short. Through this grant program, we are able to partner on another level and further support our local heroes.”
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.
Homer Township Fire Chief Chris Locacius thanked Illinois American Water during the check presentation.
“The Homer Township Fire Protection District and Board of Trustees would like to thank Illinois American Water for awarding us this grant,” Locacius said in a release. “The safety vests that will be purchased will help keep the firefighters visible and safe while out protecting the community.”