Gurnee Fire Department Receives $63,180 Grant From The Department Of Homeland Security

For Release: 
Nov 14, 2008

Administration - Press Releases - 2008

Gurnee Fire Department Receives $63,180 Grant From the Department of Homeland Security

GURNEE - November 14, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a
$63,180.00 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Gurnee Fire
Department. This grant award will provide greater safety and
enhancement of communications for Gurnee Firefighter/Paramedic personnel
with the purchase of cutting edge portable and mobile digital radio
equipment. The new equipment not only has the ability to provide radio
identification for firefighter safety, but will also enhance
interoperability with other fire, rescue, emergency medical, law
enforcement and public works agencies.

During an interview with Fire Chief Fred Friedl, the
Chief/Administrator of the Gurnee Fire Department, he stated, “To
receive this grant is a great opportunity. It will enable the
Department to continue enhancing its communication equipment, allowing
us to provide an even greater level of service to the community and at
the same time a higher level of protection for our
firefighter/paramedics.” Chief Friedl also added, “I would also
like to thank the fire department grant committee for their outstanding
work with this project.”

The grant proposal was written and submitted by Captain John Kavanagh,
Lieutenant Bill Burkhart, and Firefighter/Paramedic Brad Lambert.

Since 2002, AFG has provided over $3.6 billion in grants to fire
departments and first responder organizations to purchase response
equipment, personal protective equipment, vehicles and fire prevention
activities. AFG is administered cooperatively by two FEMA components:
the Grants Program Directorate and the United States Fire
Administration.

For more information on the Gurnee Fire Department, please visit:
/fire/index.html

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Revised 11/17/08