Evanston received the largest of 17 grants to local fire departments in Illinois awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week.

Both of Evanston’s ladder trucks at the scene of an apartment fire last month at Oak Avenue and Crain Street.

Evanston received the largest of 17 grants to local fire departments in Illinois awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week.

Both of Evanston’s ladder trucks at the scene of an apartment fire last month at Oak Avenue and Crain Street.

The $600,000 grant to Evanston, announced by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, will be used to cover about half the cost of replacing one of the city’s two aerial ladder trucks, both of which are roughly two decades old.

The 17 grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency totaled nearly $2.9 million. te next largest grant, for $261,250, went to the Midlotian Fire Department.
 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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