Argenta-Oreana was among dozens of Illinois Fire Departments to receive $3-million in grants from the Illinois Fire Marshall's Office.
Argenta-Oreana Fire Chief Kurt Michener says the $26,000 is going to help them cover an unexpected expense they have for medical equipment they need in both their stations. The first year fire chief was excited to receive his first grant.
Fire departments are becoming increasingly relied upon for medical calls. According to Chief Michener, their latest call data indicates only one in five calls they go to are fire calls, so updated medical equipment is necessary for them.
The medical equipment the department needs to upgrade comes as somewhat of a surprise for the department. Chief Michener explains they recently received notice the life expectancy on their cardiac monitors was about to expire and so this grant is going to be a big boost in getting those replaced.
Chief Michener says the Argenta-Oreana Fire Department is very fortunate to have the grant come along at a perfect time and they are appreciative of the Fire Marshall's office for awarding them the money.
Additionally in Macon County, the Maroa Countryside Fire Protection District received $26,000. Harristown Fire Protection District received just short of $24,000 and Blue Mound Fire Protection District received $26,000.
Other departments in central Illinois to receive funds include the New Holland Fire Protection District and the Latham Fire Protection District in Logan County. New Holland received just short of $25,000 while Latham received $26,000.
Cisco Fire Protection District in Piatt County received just short of $25,000 while the North Piatt Fire Protection District received just over $25,000.
And Armington Community Fire Protection District in Tazewell County received over just over $15,000.