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BWC awards $426,000 in grants to protect Ohio firefighters

Forty Ohio fire departments will share $426,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) under a program to protect firefighters from carcinogens and other harmful health hazards encountered by firefighters during their daily work activities.

The fire departments (listed below) are receiving the funding under BWC’s Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which helps departments purchase safety gear, exhaust systems and specialized washing machines. 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.

“Firefighters face life-threatening exposure to harmful materials even after dousing a blaze, and those are the threats we’re targeting with this grant program,” said Dr. Abe Al-Tarawneh, superintendent of BWC’s division of safety and hygiene. “The program is helping to bring this important protective equipment to fire departments across the state."

Grant recipients include:

Village of Loudonville (Ashland County)

$6,250 to purchase 60 hoods and 30 gloves

Village of New Knoxsville (Auglaize County)

$13,662.73 to purchase one extractor, 25 gloves and 25 hoods

Liberty Township (Butler County)

$14,832.50 to purchase 111 hoods and 120 gloves

Northeast Champaign County Fire District (Champaign County)

$11,900 to purchase one extractor, 40 hoods and 40 gloves

Moorefield Township (Clark County)

$8,262.16 to purchase 64 hoods with barrier protection and 64 washable gloves

Liverpool Township Fire Department (Columbiana County)

$3,905 to purchase 25 hoods with barrier protection and 25 washable gloves

City of Brecksville (Cuyahoga County)

$12,395.55 to purchase 34 hoods with barrier protection, 34 washable gloves and one extractor

City of Rocky River (Cuyahoga County)

$14,565 to purchase one extractor, 29 hoods with barrier protection and 29 washable gloves

Village of Highland Hills (Cuyahoga County)

$6,046.67 to purchase one extractor with base and installation

Greenville Township (Darke County)

$15,000 to purchase one extractor and 76 hoods with barrier protection

Porter Kingston (Delaware County)

$12,970 to purchase one extractor

Wayne Township (Fayette County)

$6,450 to purchase 30 hoods and 30 gloves

District 2 Joint Volunteer Fire Department (Gallia County)

$8,418 to purchase one extractor

Montville Township (Geauga County)

$8,792 to purchase 56 hoods with barrier protection and 56 washable gloves

City of Xenia (Greene County)

$10,329.95 to purchase 90 hoods and 60 gloves

Liberty Township Fire Department (Hamilton County)

$11,192.90 to purchase one extractor, 37 hoods and 37 gloves

City of Blue Ash Fire Department (Hamilton County)

$6,987.20 to purchase 88 hoods

City of Sharonville Fire Department (Hamilton County)

$12,500 to purchase 120 hoods with barrier protection and 56 washable gloves

Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department (Huron County)

$13,860 to purchase one extractor, 27 hoods and 27 gloves

Village of Hebron (Licking County)

4,000 to purchase 30 hoods and 30 gloves

Indian Joint Fire District (Logan County)

$11,639 to purchase one extractor, 18 hoods with barrier protection and 18 washable gloves

Columbia Township (Lorain County)

$12,600 to purchase 72 hoods and 72 washable gloves

Washington Township (Lucas County)

$6,162.50 to purchase one extractor

Lodi Village (Medina County)

$11,811.67 to purchase two extractors, 30 gloves and 30 hoods

Jackson Township Fire Department (Mahoning County)

$8,400 to purchase 40 hoods with barrier protection and 40 washable gloves

Sebring Division of Fire and EMS (Mahoning County)

$8,428.33 to purchase 68 hoods with barrier protection and 68 washable gloves

Westfield Township (Medina County)

$6,735 to purchase one extractor

Village of Crooksville Fire Department (Perry County)

$9,450 to purchase one extractor and ten hoods with barrier protection

Southwest Pickaway Fire District (Pickaway County)

$6,941 to purchase one extractor, 12 hoods with barrier protection and 12 washable gloves

City of Kent Fire Department (Portage County)

$15,000 to purchase one extractor, 72 gloves and 72 hoods

Bascom Joint Fire District (Seneca County)

$14,694.45 to purchase one extractor and 34 washable gloves

Fort Loramie Community Fire Company (Shelby County)

$14,140 to purchase one extractor and 50 hoods

City of Alliance Fire Department (Stark County)

$15,000 to purchase one extractor, 54 hoods and 54 gloves

Howland Township (Trumbull County)

$12,880 to purchase 96 hoods and 96 gloves

Newton Falls Fire District (Trumbull County)

$14,929 to purchase 46 hoods with barrier protection, 33 washable gloves and one extractor

Village of McDonald (Trumbull County)

$11,620 to purchase one extractor, 42 hoods with barrier protection and 42 washable gloves

Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District (Union County)

$12,000 to purchase 60 hoods and 120 gloves

Village of McArthur (Vinton County)

$11,627.72 to purchase one extractor, 28 hoods and 28 gloves

City of Mason (Warren County)

$10,910.13 to purchase 92 hoods with barrier protection and 67 washable gloves

Pitt Township (Wyandot County)

$8,250 to purchase 50 gloves and 50 hoods

The grant program, announced as a component of BWC’s 2017 rebate, 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. More about the program is available at bwc.ohio.gov.

About the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 242,000 public and private employers. With 1,800 employees and assets of approximately $29 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.

Date Published: September 25, 2018

 

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

 

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