More than seven-hundred and fifty thousand dollars was awarded to sixteen first responder programs in Woodford, Tazewell, Livingston and McLean counties through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
The money will be used to purchase new carbon monoxide detection systems and automated external defibrillators.
Since rural fire departments rely on tax money and donations to get by, officials say the grant makes some of these purchases possible.
"Pooling those moneys together, that's basically our operational money, so getting this grant is huge for everyone," says Randy Wolfe, the EMS chief for the Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District.
The departments hope to get its new equipment in a few months.
The grant was awarded to the Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District on behalf of the organizations.