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Lipinski announces grants for two suburban Fire Districts

Congressman Dan Lipinski Announces $143,182 Grant for Orland Fire Protection District, and $861,280 Grant for Burbank Fire Department

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced that the Orland Fire Protection District has been awarded $143,182 andBurbank Fire Department has been awarded $861,280, both the through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

The Orland Fire grant will be used to help purchase new portable radios. The Burbank grant will be used to help purchase new portable radio units and equipment training.

“Federal funding is needed to meet the increased demands being placed on our nation’s first responders,” said Rep. Lipinski. “They put their lives on the line for us each and every day, so I want to do all that I can to fully support their important mission and safety. This federal assistance [to the OFPD] will provide equipment that will help these men and women do the best possible job.”

Fire damages three homes in Orland Hills Monday April 24, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

The Orland Fire Protection District responded to a fire that damaged three homes in Orland Hills on April 24, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program provides needed federal funds to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in order to improve the response capabilities of our nation’s first responders and the safety of our communities.

“Our first responders play a critical role in keeping our communities safe,” Rep. Lipinski said. “These much-needed new radios [for the Burbank FD] will help keep these brave men and women safe, while also helping them to better serve the residents and businesses of Burbank and the surrounding area.”

Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist, author and former Chicago City Hall reporter (1976-1992).

He is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Awards, the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for journalism, and was named Best Ethnic American Columnist by the New America Media in 2007.

His personal web page is The Daily Hookah at www.TheDailyHookah.com (and www.RayHanania.com).

Hanania writes a weekly syndicated column for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia and is the managing editor of the American Arab online news website, www.TheArabDailyNews.com.

His mainstream columns are published in Chicago's Southwest Side and Suburbs in The Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, the Southwest News-Herald and the Des Plaines Valley News.

Hanania is the managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website www.SuburbanChicagoland.com.

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