A federal grant announced Wednesday will have Lynch Area firefighters breathing easier.
The Lynch Area Fire Protection District received a grant of $41,800 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
The grant is provided through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program in the Department of Homeland Security. A total of $239,575 was awarded on Wednesday to fire departments and municipalities in Illinois.
Lynch Fire Chief Scott Weidig said the money will go toward the purchase of a new air compressor for the department as well as new containers that are used to fill firefighters’ air packs on the scene.
The purchases are the first in a plan to eventually buy new air packs for firefighters that will last longer than the current packs being used, Weidig said.
The new compressor replaces a compressor the department has owned for at least 10 years. Weidig said the compressor was used when the department bought it.
“It’s seen better days,” he said.
Lynch Area Fire Protection District had originally requested a $44,000 grant. Under the terms of the grant received, the department is responsible for $2,200 in matching funds.
Weidig said the grant was the first received by Lynch in three years.
Since 2001, the AFG has provided approximately $5.25 billion in federal funding to first-responder organizations across the country to help purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, training and vehicles.