AMBOY – The Amboy Fire Protection District has been on call a lot this year putting out fires and keeping the community safe.
For their service and to keep their training and equipment at top level, the Amboy Fire Department has received numerous grants.
AFD received a ComEd grant worth $20,000 two months ago, a $95,00 Assistance to Firefighters Grant a few weeks ago, and an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant of $100,000 on Aug. 31.
“Over period of time we’ve received a lot of money from them FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the Assistance to Firefighters Grant,” Amboy Fire Chief Jeff Bryant Sr. said. “Since 2003, after 9-11, this fund was made available. This year throughout the entire United States, the total grand money available was $360 million.
“It’s not a lot of money when you look at it since there is 1,200 fire departments in Illinois alone not counting there are 50 states and some states are bigger or smaller.”
The money from the FEMA grant is going to be used to purchase a calibration station for gas detection and gas monitors, and a flow test device to test SCBAs (self-controlled breathing apparatus) and SCBA masks.
“These will improve firefighter safety and will also help us keep Department of Labor and OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) compliant. We’re getting 40 sets of turnout gear, coat and pants, and 40 pairs of boots.
“Firefighters are a commodity and we have to keep them safe. We don’t have as many as we should, so we must protect the ones we have.”
The gear will protect firefighters from blood born pathogens and any biological events such as COVID-19.