FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield, IL…State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) met with Mike Abbott with the Dawson Fire Department to discuss the safety of small town first responders and residents. During their meeting, discussions were had about issues the fire department is facing and what can be done to improve emergency response time and strengthen the department’s critical needs to ensure the safety of communities.
“First responders are essential to keep communities safe, especially in small towns and rural areas.” Rep. Rosenthal said. “Many small town fire departments, including Dawson, have limited funds to replace firetrucks and equipment, plus the ability to offer adequate room for living quarters to improve response times. I think it’s imperative that we support our local first responders and provide them with the tools and resources they need to fully protect our communities.”
The Dawson Fire Department is smaller in scale, but their team of first responders cover a large area of emergency calls. With a budget of just $78,000 per year, the department is struggling to find the funds to replace their main firetruck and equipment. A new firetruck alone costs roughly $800,000.
Furthermore, the department is also seeking funds to expand their fire department. Mr. Abbott believes that offering living quarters within the department will improve emergency response time and entice volunteers to join the department as they are also struggling with shortages.