Illinois American Water is accepting applications for its 2013 Firefighter Grant Program. Through this program, the company provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas. This is the fourth year for this program, which has awarded in total over 148 grants and over $173,000 to Illinois firefighters.
Company spokesman Karen Cotton says the program was created to provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water's service area.
The maximum grant amount is $1,000, and fire departments-districts are eligible for one grant per calendar year. According to FEMA, fire-related deaths have dropped significantly, from about 12,000 in 1974 to 3,245 in 2006, and the number continues to decrease.