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Illinois American Water Distributes Grant for Simulation Training to Orland Fire Protection District

The Orland Fire Protection District will be purchasing a simulation for their command training center. It will be designed to assist department personnel with a training experience that will be realistic, relevant, and repeatable offering them the opportunity to maintain a high level of proficiency in their skills thanks to a grant from Illinois American Water (IAW).

The IAW 2015 Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas. This year, approximately $49,600 will be awarded to 62 fire departments.

According to Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water, the Firefighter Grant Program has been successful in providing assistance to community fire protection efforts. He said, “Since creation, the program has resulted in providing over 280 grants totaling over $294,000 to fire departments across Illinois. We are grateful that we can play a role in supporting the firefighter community as a whole in this great state.”

Grants of up to $800 are awarded to cover the costs associated with the following:
Personal protective gear
Communications equipment
Firefighting tools
Water handling equipment
Training and related activities/materials used to support community fire protection
Reimbursement for specific fire training classes, including training manuals and workbooks
“The Orland Fire Protection District thanks Illinois American Water for the $800 grant we received,” stated acting Chief Mike Schofield. “The funds will be used to provide the highest quality training to emergency providers from Orland and around the region.”


Lt. David Piper, Orland Fire Dept; Tom Harrell, Illinois American Water; Acting Fire Chief Michael Schofield, Orland Fire; and Natalee Cedillo, Illinois American Water.

About Illinois American Water – Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at