Danville council to discuss FEMA grant for fire division

Danville council to discuss FEMA grant for fire division

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)

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bmwest wrote on December 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm
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These may have been necessary purchases but we have to start letting the local communities pay for these items themselves rather than subsidize them so heavily using state and federal taxpayer support.  It's too easy to overspend when you're handing out from such a large pot of money.  There's a much greater psychological restraint when you're spending your own community's money where you will be held more directly accountable for how it is spent and how tax rates change to pay for it.