Illinois American Water Awards over $87,000 in Firefighter Grants

Since 2010, over 680 grants totaling over $669,000 have been awarded to Illinois fire and emergency organizations in the Company’s service area.

Belleville, Ill. (Oct. 5, 2020) – Over $87,000 will be shared by 88 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2020 Firefighter Grant Program. Since the program was created in 2010, over 680 grants totaling over

$668,000 have been awarded to fire and emergency organizations across Illinois.

“We know how important water is in protecting homes and businesses. We also understand the impact of the pandemic on our first responders. This is why we approved every grant we received in full this year, supporting our local heroes in a meaningful way,” said Justin Ladner, Illinois American Water President. “Some of the departments will use the grant funds for pandemic-related needs, while others will allocate the funds for communication tools, extraction equipment, training resources, and more.”

Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants to support firefighter needs such as personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs. To view the list of fire departments receiving grants across the state, please visit the News section of Illinois American Water’s website at

The firefighter grants are being announced in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 – 10, 2020, to raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention and emergency planning. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Serve Up Fire Prevention Safety in the Kitchen!” It educates about the importance of staying safe in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Learn more at

Illinois American Water is providing firefighter grants to the following Illinois fire departments:

Northern Illinois

Des Plaines Fire Department

Elmhurst Fire Department

Elgin Fire Department

Homer Township Fire Protection District

Lemont Fire Protection District

Lisle-Woodridge Fire District

Lombard Fire Department

Mount Prospect Fire Department

Northwest Homer Fire Protection District

Orland Fire Protection District

Oswego Fire Protection District

Plainfield Fire Protection District

Prospect Heights Fire Protection District

Rockton Fire Protection District

Romeoville Fire Department

Warrenville Fire Protection District

South Beloit Fire & Rescue

Sterling Fire Department

Allen Township Fire Protection District

Dana Fire Protection District

Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department

Leonore Volunteer Fire Department

Reading Volunteer Fire Department

Streator Fire Department

Central Illinois

Arcola Fire Department

Carroll Fire Protection District

Champaign Fire Department

Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District

Edge-Scott Fire Protection District

Sangamon Valley Fire Protection District (Village of Fisher)

Pesotum Fire Protection District

Savoy Fire Department

Sidney Fire Protection District

St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department

Tolono Fire Protection District

Tuscola Fire Department

U of I Willard Airport Fire Department

Urbana Fire Department

Lincoln Fire Department

Lincoln Rural Fire Department

Cincinnati Fire Protection District

Schaeferville Fire Protection District

City of Pekin Fire Department

North Pekin Fire Department

Bartonville Fire Department

Farmington Fire Protection District

Chillicothe Community Fire Protection District

Limestone Township Fire Protection District

Timber-Hollis Fire Protection District

Logan Trivoli Fire Protection District

Peoria Fire Department

Dunlap Fire Protection District

Washington Fire Department

West Peoria Fire Protection District

Pontiac Fire Department

Saunemin Fire Protection District

Southern Illinois

City of Alton Fire Department

Cottage Hills Fire Protection District

Godfrey Fire Protection District

Jerseyville Fire Protection District

QEM Fire Protection District

Cairo Fire Department

Belleville Fire Department

Brooklyn Fire Protection District

Cahokia Volunteer Fire Department

Church Road Fire Protection District

Columbia Fire Department

East Side Fire Protection District

East St. Louis Fire Department

Fairmont City Fire Department

French Village Fire Department

Granite City Fire Department

Hamel Volunteer Fire Department

Holiday Shores Fire Department

Madison Fire Department

Mascoutah Fire Department

Midway Fire Protection District

Mitchell Fire Department

Northwest Fire Protection District

O’Fallon Fire Rescue

Pocahontas - Old Ripley Fire Department

Rosiclare Fire Department

Sauget Fire Department

Signal Hill Fire Department

St. Clair Special Emergency Services

Villa Hills Fire Department

Washington Park Fire Department

Worden Fire Department

In addition to the Firefighter Grant Program, Illinois American Water partners with local firefighters on a daily basis. As a private water utility, the company is required to test and operate every fire hydrant annually. According to Ladner, Illinois American Water maintains over 32,000 fire hydrants across the state.


About Illinois American Water - Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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