The Peoria Fire Department received a $2,500 grant from Ameren Illinois last week to help buy safety gear for new firefighters.
“On behalf of the Peoria Fire Department, I would like to express our deep gratitude for the partnership that we have with Ameren Illinois and specifically for the generous donation that we have recently received," Fire Chief Chuck Lauss said. "Through this gift, the Fire Department will be able to offset the cost of the personal protective equipment for one of our new firefighter recruits when they graduate from the Peoria Fire Training Academy on June 10 ... Thank you again for this assistance.”
Each new recruit needs individual protective equipment. The funds will help provide a new firefighter with steel-toed boots; fire-resistant pants, coat and gloves; a helmet and air tank.
The grant was made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren with the community through grants and volunteering.
“Ameren Illinois employees don’t just work in communities throughout Illinois – we live in them too," Daetta Jones, Ameren Illinois Division I director, said. "We are committed to giving back to the places we call home. We are proud to partner with organizations such as the Peoria Fire Department, who share our mission of improving the quality of life for our citizens."