The Allerton Fire Department was notified on Sept. 18 they would be receiving a grant in the amount of $89,047.61 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Congressman Dave Loebsack made the announcement with the grant being in part of their Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.
With this grant the Allerton Fire Firefighters Association will be able to use the funds to purchase personal protective equipment for the department. This is the third grant they have received with the first grant helping with the purchase of a pumper the second grant purchasing new gear.
“New gear has only a 10-year lifespan,” said Allerton Fire Department member Bill Byrns. “This grant allows us to get everything up-to-date.”
The AFG program will allow first responders to purchase firefighting equipment, implement wellness programs that will focus on health and help improve facilities. The funds are available for use including new protective equipment, health and safety modifications to stations and training for emergency personnel.
“Our firefighters and first responders stand ready to serve us the moment disaster strikes,” said Loebsack. “This funding will ensure the Allerton Fire Fighters Association has the equipment necessary to respond quickly to emergencies and keep our families and communities safe.”