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For immediate release: Dec. 1, 2017
BWC awards 331,000 in grants to protect Ohio firefighters
COLUMBUS - Thirty-three Ohio fire departments will share $331,112 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 receiving the funding under BWC's 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.
"We have received an outstanding response to this new program," said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. "While their jobs will continue to be among the most dangerous, we're pleased the firefighting community recognizes the importance of prevention in reducing injuries and illnesses."
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:
Village of Manchester (Adams County)
City of Lima (Allen County)
Village of Bethesda Fire Department (Belmont County)
Pleasant Township Fire Department (Clark County)
Osgood Community Volunteer Fire Company (Darke County)
Concord Township Fire & Rescue (Delaware County)
Genoa Township (Delaware County)
Hocking Township Fire Department (Fairfield County)
City of Columbus (Franklin County)
City of Grandview Heights (Franklin County)
Perry Township Trustees (Franklin County)
City of Gallipolis (Gallia County)
City of Cambridge (Guernsey County)
City of Springdale (Hamilton County)
Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District (Hamilton County)
Village of Evendale (Hamilton County)
Village of Grand River (Lake County)
Sylvania Township Fire Department (Lucas County)
Village of Whitehouse (Lucas County)
Austintown Township (Mahoning County)
Green Camp Township (Marion County)
City of Huber Heights (Montgomery County)
Newton Township Fire Department (Muskingum County)
Village of South (Muskingum County)
City of Shelby Fire Department (Richland County)
City of North Canton (Stark County)
Lawrence Township (Stark County)
Washington Township (Stark County)
City of Hudson (Summit County)
Bazetta Township Trustees (Trumbull County)
Jerome Township Division of Fire (Union County)
Turtlecreek Township Trustees (Warren County)
City of Rittman (Wayne County)
The grant program, announced in April as a component of BWC's Third Billion Back 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 at www.bwc.ohio.gov.
Melissa Vince, 614-466-2956 or 614-202-2329, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Gottschlich, 614-644-4940 or 614-296-1734, email@example.com
Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation provides workers' compensation insurance to 244,000 public and private Ohio employers. With nearly 1,900 employees and assets of approximately $27 billion, BWC is the largest state-run insurance system in the United States. Our mission is to protect Ohio's workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.
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