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Federal Emergency Grant To Save City Over $43,000


An application made on behalf of the Park Ridge Fire Department last year has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist the department in replacing the “Jaws of Life” equipment used by firefighters to extricate individuals who get trapped in vehicles during accidents. Fire Executive Officer Paul Lisowski applied last year. The current equipment is wearing out.

The total application was for $47,000. FEMA will pay $43,091 (90 percent) and the city pays 10 percent. FEMA, however, had trimmed the deadline to accept the package to a maximum of 30 days.

Ald. Gail Wilkening (3rd) asked for an approximate total of grants which Lisowski has obtained since joining the department. The current total he has saved for the city is almost $1.2 million.

The current grant was approved, unanimously and with great enthusiasm, on Sept. 23 at the City Council’s Finance Committee meeting and advances to the full council’s consent agenda on Monday, Oct. 7.

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