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Area fire departments beneficiaries of equipment purchasing state grants

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SPRINGFIELD — Three Coles County fire departments are among those getting a share of $3.5 million in state grants to assist with the purchase of equipment.

The Seven Hickory Morgan Fire Protection District received $26,000, the maximum award possible, while Oakland Community Fire Protection District received $25,435 and the Hutton Fire Protection District received $14,506.

The money comes from the Small Equipment Grant Program administered by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. In all, 154 fire departments and ambulance services were selected from among the 540 applications, requesting around $12 million in funding during this grant period.

“Ensuring that first responders have the equipment they need to operate effectively and safely is a top priority of the OSFM,” Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez said. “Most smaller departments and districts struggle financially to replace or upgrade aging equipment. The impending fiscal impacts resulting from the COVID-19 crisis make the OSFM’s Small Equipment Grant Program even more critical to help ease that burden,”

Other area departments receiving grants, by county, are:

Douglas: Camargo Countryside Fire Protection District, $26,000.

Edgar: Chrisman Fire Protection District, $9,735; Northern Edgar County Ambulance Service, $22,031.75; Brocton Fire Protection District, $21,373.

Effingham: Watson Fire Protection District, $14,056; Tri-County Fire Protection District, $25,142.04.

Moultrie: Bethany Fire Protection District, $26,000; Lovington Community Ambulance, $26,000.

Shelby: Cowden Fire Protection District, $25,801.

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