• Sep 24, 2019, 08:17 AM

Gurnee Fire Department is the Recipient of a Federal Emergency Management Agency Grant

Assistance to Firefighters Grant funds will support the purchase of lifesaving equipment.


September 24, 2019 – Gurnee, IL- The Gurnee Fire Department (GFD) was awarded $45,182.00 in grant funding by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).  

The funding from the AFG program will go towards battery operated extrication tools for the GFD’s Heavy Rescue Truck and the Ladder Truck. By adding this equipment to the fleet, the GFD will be in compliance with increased governmental and industry professional standards by promoting the health and safety of its firefighters and the citizens of the community.

“The Gurnee Fire Department is grateful for this opportunity from FEMA. Our goal is to ensure we are maximizing our response to all emergencies within the Village, Warren-Waukegan Fire Protection District and the communities we support around us. These tools will help us save lives when extrication is the only option.” said Fire Chief John Kavanagh.

According to FEMA, the primary goal of the AFG program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with response to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments. The one time award of $45,182.00 from FEMA will do just that to the residents, businesses and visitors to the Village of Gurnee.


For more information, contact Jodi Luka, Management Analyst – Fire Department at or 847.599.6601