DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — The city is pursuing a grant that could help save lives. It would fund technology updates for the fire department. Officials with the city say it would help them get to fires faster.
The biggest updates would be putting cameras at railroad crossings. That way, the department would know which routes to avoid, and dispatchers would know immediately if they need to reroute fire calls. That could speed up response times and in some cases save lives.
The fire union chief says that when it comes to fires, seconds and minutes matter. He said a fire can double in size every minute. City officials say that’s why grants like these are so important, especially with the uncertainty of the state budget and the cuts that forces on the department.
The city should find out if they get the grant in March. If they do, they plan to install the cameras next summer. The grant would come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and it would give Danville a total of $149,000.