Champaign Fire Department Awarded Federal Fire Grant

The Champaign Fire Department has been awarded $333,819 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Assistance to Firefighters Grant for mechanical chest compression devices.  This regional grant has a cost match of $33,381 for a total of $367,200 for the devices and associated training.

The regional grant will provide 24 of these life-saving devices to departments in Champaign and eastern Piatt counties.  Departments included are:

  • Champaign
  • Urbana
  • Bement
  • Bondville
  • Gifford
  • Homer
  • Ivesdale
  • Northern Piatt
  • Rantoul
  • Sadorus
  • Sangamon Valley
  • Savoy

“These life-saving devices will significantly improve the cardiac arrest survival rates in our community while safeguarding firefighters and EMS personnel from injury while standing up in the back of a moving ambulance doing CPR unrestrained,” said Gary Ludwig, Champaign’s Fire Chief.  This grant will require Champaign City Council approval later this summer.

Media Contact:  Randy Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal
Phone:  (217) 403-7212 | Cell:  (217) 840-9434