Chicago Fire Department gets $639,000 grant

August 4, 2011

The Associated Press

(Flickr/Paul Jendrasiak)
Chicago has the second-largest fire department in the country in terms of individual firefighters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the Chicago Fire Department more than $639,000 for fire prevention.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said in announcing the grant that Chicago has the second-largest fire department in the country in terms of individual firefighters.

The department has nearly 5,000 firefighters and paramedics. 

The money is provided by the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

Illinois received 240 awards worth more than $25.4 million in 2009 for equipment, training and vehicles. 

Durbin says the program will award about $390 million nationwide for fiscal year 2010.