We are excited to report that Congressman Dan Lipinski stopped by Oak Lawn to present a check in the amount of $144,182 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to the Oak Lawn Fire Department. The funds will go to directly to updating the lifesaving equipment our firefighters use when searching smoke filled scenes. Our present equipment is more than a decade old and is considered obsolete by current standards.
The self contained breathing apparatus allows firefighters to enter smoke-filled or toxic environments safely for up to 20 minutes. Obtaining this highly competitive grant is a big win for Oak Lawn and Congressman Lipinski’s strong support of our first responders certainly was a factor.
Fire Chief George Sheets described the grant application as an “extremely long, arduous process” that was reviewed over a 3 month period, which then resulted in the approval of Oak Lawn. Fire Chief Sheets is to be commended for his diligence in getting a successful outcome.
Click the picture to view the video of the presentation or visit the Village of Oak Lawn's YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/Iwnriv9Ria8