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Villa Park receives FEMA grant for new fire truck

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 4:12 p.m. CDT

VILLA PARK  – A $432,000 grant will help the Villa Park Fire Department purchase a new fire truck.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Villa Park Mayor Deborah Bullwinkel, state Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, and local officials announced Thursday that Villa Park received the grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, according to a news release.

The funding will help support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies, the release said.

"This funding will help the village of Villa Park continue to fulfill its obligation of providing our first responders with the most current emergency equipment,” Bullwinkel said.

Villa Park Fire Chief Ron Rakosnik said the grant will allow the department to replace a 25-year-old engine.

"The partnership between local, state, and federal government is crucial to ensuring our first responders have the tools they need to protect our communities, and Sen. Durbin is a leader when it comes to ensuring the federal government provides resources for towns like Villa Park," Cullerton said.

The funding is provided through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program which seeks to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire related hazards, the release said.

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