Villa Park gets more than $430,000 in US firefighting grant - FOX 32 News Chicago

Villa Park gets more than $430,000 in US firefighting grant

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Villa Park in suburban Chicago has been awarded a $432,000 federal grant to purchase vehicles for its fire department.

The grant is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security.

The announcement was made Thursday by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, both Illinois Democrats; state Sen. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat; Villa Park Mayor Deborah Bullwinkel and other local officials.

The funding is provided through Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. Its aim is to improve the nation's preparedness and ability to respond to fire emergencies.

The program has awarded $321 million directly to fire departments and other emergency-responder agencies.

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