November 14, 2017

Ohio BWC Awards $406,000 in Grants to Protect Ohio Firefighters

Columbus, OH – Thirty-eight Ohio fire departments will share $406,270 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) under a new program to reduce firefighters’ exposure to toxic environmental elements.

The fire departments (listed below) are the first in the state to receive funding under BWC’s new Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which provides $2 million a year to help departments purchase safety gear and equipment designed to protect firefighters from carcinogens and other harmful elements encountered during a fire fight.

“The dangers of fighting a fire do not stop when the flames are extinguished,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “The men and women who risk their lives to save ours deserve access to the best equipment and tools that can minimize long-term threats to their health and wellbeing.”

Because residue collected on firefighters’ gear during a blaze can cause respiratory disease, cancer and other ailments, it is important not only to wear appropriate protective gear, but also to ensure its cleaned properly.

Grant recipients include:

  • Bath Township Fire Department (Allen County) – $5,125 to purchase 30 washable gloves and 30 barrier hoods;
  • Jeromesville Fire District (Ashland County) – $12,950 to purchase one extractor/washer, 30 barrier hoods, and 30 sets of washable gloves;
  • Flushing Volunteer Fire Department (Belmont County) – $7,891 to purchase one extractor/washer;
  • Williamsburg Township (Clermont County) – $12,389 to purchase one extractor/washer;
  • City of Coshocton (Coshocton County) – $12,508.33 to purchase one extractor/washer;
  • Village of Millersport (Coshocton County) – $6,475 to purchase an extractor/washer;
  • City of Euclid (Cuyahoga County) – $5,737.50 to purchase 81 barrier hoods;
  • City of Defiance (Defiance County) – $8,692.50 to purchase 28 barrier hoods, and one extractor/washer;
  • City of Lancaster Division of Fire (Fairfield County) – $12,420 to purchase 69 barrier hoods, and 69 sets of washable gloves;
  • Violet Township (Fairfield County) – $14,996.67 to purchase an extractor/washer, 48 sets of washable gloves and 56 barrier hoods;
  • Franklin Township Fire Department (Franklin County) – $12,500 to purchase two extractor washers;
  • Pleasant Township Fire Department (Franklin County) – $12,141.67 to purchase 100 washable gloves and 60 barrier hoods;
  • City of Cheviot (Hamilton County) – $14,887.01 to purchase a diesel exhaust system, 31 sets of washable gloves and 31 barrier hoods;
  • City of Wyoming (Hamilton County) – $12,662.92 to purchase an extractor/washer, 40 sets of washable gloves and 30 barrier hoods;
  • Village of Glendale (Hamilton County) – $11,660 to purchase 44 washable gloves, 44 barrier hoods, and one extractor/washer;
  • Forest Fire Department (Hardin County) – $14,020 to purchase an extractor/washer and 50 barrier hoods;
  • City of Mentor on the Lake (Lake County) – $10,042.34 to purchase an extractor/washer, 30 sets of washable gloves and 30 barrier hoods;
  • Village of Fairport Harbor Fire Department (Lake County) – $7,285.83 to purchase an extractor/washer, 11 sets of washable gloves and 11 barrier hoods;
  • Proctorville Village (Lawrence County) – $14,881.75 to purchase an extractor/washer, 30 sets of washable gloves and 32 barrier hoods;
  • Granville Township Fire Department (Licking County) – $8,083.33 to purchase 50 sets of washable gloves and 50 barrier hoods;
  • Tri County Joint Fire District (Madison County) – $7,560 to purchase 35 barrier hoods, and 35 sets of washer gloves;
  • Marion Township Fire Department (Marion County) – $2,383.33 to purchase 22 barrier hoods;
  • City of Riverside, Ohio (Montgomery County) – $11,900 to purchase 85 sets of washable gloves and 85 barrier hoods;
  • Ravenna Township (Portage County) – $12,891.38 to purchase a diesel exhaust system;
  • Glandorf Fire Department (Putnam County) – $14,247.55 to purchase an extractor/washer, 35 sets of washable gloves and 35 barrier hoods;
  • Monroe Township (Richland County) – $6,223 to purchase one extractor/washer;
  • Clay Township Rosemount Fire Department (Scioto County) – $10,440 to purchase one extractor/washer;
  • Green Township Volunteer Fire Department (Scioto County) – $9,200 to purchase an extractor/washer;
  • Porter Township (Scioto County) – $10,978.92 to purchase an extractor/washer and 30 barrier hoods;
  • City of Tiffin (Seneca County) – $2,833.33 to purchase 40 barrier hoods;
  • City of Canal Fulton (Stark County) – $15,000 to purchase an extractor/washer, 60 sets of washable gloves and 55 barrier hoods;
  • Nimishillen Township (Stark County) – $11,790 to purchase an extractor/washer, 40 sets of washable gloves and 40 barrier hoods;
  • Perry Township (Stark County) – $11,600 to purchase 60 sets of washable gloves and 60 barrier hoods;
  • City of Marysville (Union County) – $9,315 to purchase Lifeguard hoods and structural gloves;
  • Northern Union County Joint Fire & EMS District (Union County) – $14,958.50 to purchase a diesel exhaust system, 59 barrier hoods, and 47 gloves;
  • City of Van Wert Fire Department (Van Wert County) – $7,770 to purchase 60 washable gloves and 30 barrier hoods;
  • Kidron Volunteer Fire Dept. Inc. (Wayne County) – $14,944 to purchase an extractor/washer, 13 sets of washable gloves and 26 barrier hoods;
  • Village of Sycamore (Wyandot County) – $14,885 to purchase an extractor/washer.

The grant program, announced in April as a component of BWC’s Third Billion Back (PDF) rebate plan, provides a 5-to-1 match up to $15,000 for public and private employers with annual payroll of at least $500,000. No match is required for employers with less than $500,000 in payroll. Learn more about the program here.

Source: Ohio BWC

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