- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

DWIGHT, Ill. (AP) - The fire protection district in Dwight has been awarded a federal grant that will allow its firefighting staff to double within four years.

Dwight Fire Chief Paul Johnson tells The (Kankakee) Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1jAlBgI) that the grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security totals more than $352,000. It will fund a recruitment and retention coordinator, advertising, fitness equipment, on-call payroll, training and college tuition reimbursement. The money also will cover firefighting gear for new firefighters.

The district now has 25 on-call firefighters working weekdays, but only a few are available during normal working hours. Johnson hopes to build the staff to 50 paid on-call firefighters.

The village of Dwight is located about 65 miles southwest of Chicago.

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Information from: The Daily Journal, http://www.daily-journal.com

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