East Joliet Fire District gets federal grant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $216,667 grant to the East Joliet Fire Protection District for operations and safety.

The funding will support and improve the capability of the department to respond to fires and other types of emergencies, according to a news release from Durbin’s office.

The funding is provided through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which seeks to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards.