The Decatur Fire Department gets grant

DECATUR – The Decatur Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


This grant is worth $40,910 and was awarded for the excellent operations and safety of the Decatur Fire Stations.  Fire Chief Jeff Abbott says they are definitely happy to receive this grant.


“It always feels good being awarded a grant,” says Abbott. “This will help us replace a piece of equipment that otherwise wouldn’t fit in our budget.”


Chief Abbott says they will use the grant money to replace a 22-year-old air compressor at Fire Station #2.  He says this piece of equipment is used to put air back into their personal air bottles after they go empty.


“Instead of the fire companies from the east side of town having to come all the way down to station #1 to refill their tanks after a fire, they will now be able to refill at their station.”


This federal grant came from The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and was announced by U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.  He gave some words of congratulations.


“Firefighter grants from the Dept. of Homeland Security are highly sought after and therefore highly competitive,” said Davis. “Congratulations to the Decatur Fire Department for winning this grant, an important step to ensuring safe and up-to-date equipment for our first responders.”


The Dept. of Homeland Security says the AFG program has provided $5.6 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment.