The Prospect Heights Fire Protection District received a $1,000 grant from the Illinois American Water Company to buy new leather boots for firefighters.
The fire district is replacing its outdated rubber fire boots with new leather boots for each of its 55 members. New safety standards require that firefighters protective turnout gear, including boots, must be replaced every 10 years.
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Illinois American Water Company gives grants to help fire and emergency organizations in the communities where they provide water. The company started its grants in 2010 and has given the Prospect Heights district money each year for new equipment. Altogether the department has received $5,200 in the four years.