The Stickney Fire Department and Community Nurse Health Center in La Grange have been awarded grants from the federal government, according to releases from U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded about $2.7 million to communities across Illinois through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, including $45,505 to the Stickney Fire Department, a release stated.
The program provides first-responder organizations with access to much-needed emergency response equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, personal protective equipment and training in an effort to create safer, more prepared communities, according to the release.
“Firefighters in communities throughout Illinois risk their lives and run toward danger when others run away. We owe it to them to make sure they have the best equipment and training, and I'm proud to join senator Durbin in announcing this funding to help them get it,” Duckworth said in the release.
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded about $40 million to support local community health centers throughout Illinois, including $1,025,866 to Community Nurse Health Center, according to a release.
“Community health centers provide high-quality, comprehensive medical care for more than one million Illinoisans every year. This investment will help these centers continue to improve health outcomes and reduce patient costs for Illinoisans, many in rural and under-served areas,” Durbin said in the release.