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Village Receives Grant to Purchase Life Saving Equipment

The Village of Downers Grove has been awarded a $10,000 grant to replace hydraulic rescue tools used by the Fire Department to disentangle vehicle crash victims, as well as perform functions in specialized rescue situations.

The grant was awarded by ComEd's Powering Safe Communities program and is being administered by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a regional council of 275 governments that fosters collaboration to improve the quality of life for communities in the region.

Downers Grove Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Pindelski stated "The grant money helps to replace life-saving equipment that no longer meets the National Fire Protection Association standards which govern performance and safety features for powered rescue tools."

The Downers Grove Fire Department has a primary response area of 22 square miles and routinely assists when major incidents take place in surrounding towns. The new equipment will benefit not only Downers Grove, but all of the agencies that share public safety resources.