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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)
$14,985 to purchase an extractor/washer, 47 sets of washable gloves and 47 barrier hoods.

City of Lima (Allen County)
$8,125 to purchase 75 barrier hoods.

Village of Bethesda Fire Department (Belmont County)
$14,690 to purchase 40 sets of washable gloves, 40 barrier hoods and one extractor/washer.

Pleasant Township Fire Department (Clark County)
$12,805 to purchase one extractor/washer, 25 sets of washable gloves and 25 barrier hoods.

Osgood Community Volunteer Fire Company (Darke County)
$14,335 to purchase one extractor/washer, 29 sets of washable gloves and 58 barrier hoods.

Concord Township Fire & Rescue (Delaware County)
$2,571 to purchase 36 barrier hoods.

Genoa Township (Delaware County)
$10,075.83 to purchase an extractor/washer.

Hocking Township Fire Department (Fairfield County)
$14,231.95 to purchase an extractor/washer, 60 sets of washable gloves and 60 barrier hoods.

City of Columbus (Franklin County)
$12,476.67 to purchase 197 barrier hoods.

City of Grandview Heights (Franklin County)
$9,685 to purchase an extractor/washer.

Perry Township Trustees (Franklin County)
$10,838.93 to purchase an extractor/washer.

City of Gallipolis (Gallia County)
$8,268.73 to purchase 52 sets of washable gloves and 52 barrier hoods.

City of Cambridge (Guernsey County)
$11,203.33 to purchase an extractor/washer, 40 sets of washable gloves and 40 barrier hoods.

City of Springdale (Hamilton County)
$10,295.83 to purchase an extractor/washer.

Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District (Hamilton County)
$11,985 to purchase 94 sets of washable gloves and 94 barrier hoods.

Village of Evendale (Hamilton County)
$11,166.66 to purchase an extractor/washer, 25 sets of washable gloves and 50 barrier hoods.

Village of Grand River (Lake County)
$11,968 to purchase one extractor/washer, 24 sets of washable gloves and 24 barrier hoods.

Sylvania Township Fire Department (Lucas County)
$10,828.33 to purchase 146 barrier hoods.

Village of Whitehouse (Lucas County)
$7,233.33 to purchase 56 sets of washable gloves and 56 barrier hoods.

Austintown Township (Mahoning County)
$6,812.50 to purchase 55 sets of washable gloves and five barrier hoods.

Green Camp Township (Marion County)
$5,696 to purchase 32 sets of washable gloves and 32 barrier hoods.

City of Huber Heights (Montgomery County)
$8,444.17 to purchase 102 barrier hoods.

Newton Township Fire Department (Muskingum County)
$14,939 to purchase 90 sets of washable gloves and 88 barrier hoods.

Village of South (Muskingum County)
$8,038.70 to purchase an extractor/washer, 60 sets of washable gloves and 30 barrier hoods.

City of Shelby Fire Department (Richland County)
$3,633.04 to purchase 23 sets of washable gloves and 23 barrier hoods.

City of North Canton (Stark County)
$6,375 to purchase an extractor/washer.

Lawrence Township (Stark County)
$14,750 to purchase 100 sets of washable gloves and 100 barrier hoods.

Washington Township (Stark County)
$13,200 to purchase 66 sets of washable gloves and 66 barrier hoods.

City of Hudson (Summit County)
$9,459.17 to purchase an extractor/washer.

Bazetta Township Trustees (Trumbull County)
$9,495.83 to purchase an extractor/washer, 25 sets of washable gloves and 25 barrier hoods.

Jerome Township Division of Fire (Union County)
$4,916.67 to purchase 25 sets of washable gloves and 50 barrier hoods.

Turtlecreek Township Trustees (Warren County)
$7,333.33 to purchase 50 sets of washable gloves and 50 barrier hoods.

City of Rittman (Wayne County)
$10,250 to purchase 60 sets of washable gloves and 60 barrier hoods.

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.

Media Contacts:

Melissa Vince, 614-466-2956 or 614-202-2329, melissa.vince@bwc.state.oh.us

Tony Gottschlich, 614-644-4940 or 614-296-1734, anthony.gottschlich@bwc.state.oh.us

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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