DANVILLE — The city council will consider Wednesday night whether to accept more than $70,000 in federal funds for equipment for the fire division.
The fire division was awarded the $77,600 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The city must kick in $7,760 in matching money, and that's why the city council must give its approval at its regular meeting that will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the municipal building, 17 W. Main St., Danville. The council has only one other item on Wednesday's light agenda, a budget amendment for the Harrison Park Golf Course.
The FEMA grant will cover the replacement of 10-year-old, or older, personal equipment for Danville firefighters, including coats, pants and helmets. The Danville Fire Division was one of only six agencies across the nation awarded the grant money. The city applied in June.
The grant is one of several the department has received from FEMA since 2008. It's also received grants from the Illinois state fire marshal's office and the Illinois Department of Public Health since 2008. The following is a break down of $1.2 million in grants the department has received since 2008:
2008: Respiratory protection upgrade, $352,500 (FEMA).
2009: Communication system replacement, $460,296 (FEMA)
2009: Blood glucose monitors and pulse oximetry upgrades, $1,100 (Illinois Public Health)
2010: Personal protective equipment replacement, $17,300 (state fire marshal)
2010: Hose, nozzles, tools and equipment, $191,493 (FEMA)
2011: Training and equipment, $107,400 (FEMA)
2012: Personal protective equipment replacement, $77,600 (FEMA)