The Huntley Fire Protection District was the recipient of more than $1 million in federal funding as part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response – or SAFER – program to ensure area fire departments meet their staffing needs.
The funds were made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
In total, almost $11.2 million was allocated this year to communities and fire protection districts in the Chicago area: about $7.1 million to strengthen fire prevention efforts and about $4 million for staffing and overall preparedness.
The Huntley Fire Protection District – which is in the process of building a 10,000-square-foot station adjacent to Sun City and an estimated 12,000-square-foot addition and site renovation to its existing facility at existing facility at 11118 Main St. – received the greatest share of funds allocated for staffing.
“Firefighters risk their lives and run toward danger when others run away,” U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said in a statement. “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 ensure our firefighters have the resources they need to keep their communities in the Chicagoland area safe.”
Since fiscal 2001, the AFG program has provided about $7.1 billion in grants to first responder organizations for emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.