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 are receiving the funding under the Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which helps departments purchase safety gear, exhaust systems and specialized washing machines.

 

Receiving grants in our region were:

 

Village of New Knoxville in Auglaize County

 

Indian Lake Joint Fire district in Logan County

 

Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District in Union County

 

Pitt Township in Wyandot County