The Cicero Fire Department has been awarded a nearly $1.48 million grant through the Department of Homeland Security to help with hiring expenses, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs.
“I am happy to have assisted the Cicero Fire Department in winning this large grant to add nine new firefighters,” Lipinski said in the release. “This funding will help the Fire Department continue its great work in protecting area residents.”
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program provides needed federal funds to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in order to improve the response capabilities of first responders and the safety of communities, the release stated.
“We appreciate the hard work and support that we receive from Congressman Lipinski,” Cicero Town President Larry Dominick said in the release. “This grant will strengthen the Cicero Fire Department by allowing us to hire more personnel. Our Fire Department is one of the best and was recently recognized with a Class 2 ISO Rating, and they continue to provide the highest quality in emergency response services to our residents.”