URBANA — The Urbana Fire Department has been awarded more than $49,000 to buy new gear to protect firefighters.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, announced on Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is making a $49,860 grant to the Urbana Fire Department for operations and safety.
Urbana Fire Chief Mike Dilley said the department will use the money to replace older protective gear worn by the firefighters.
"This is great news," Dilley said on Thursday evening. "We're going to buy new personal protective gear with it. Because of the budget crunch, we had to go without replacing the turnout gear. Now we can get it."
Dilley said he wasn't sure how many sets of turnout gear could be purchased with the money.
The grant money comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.