Firefighters in the Village of Loudonville are receiving $6,250 to purchase protective hoods and gloves thanks to a grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC).
Firefighters are exposed to carcinogens and other health hazards on a regular basis while on the job. As residue accumulates on their gear during a blaze, there is a risk of respiratory diseases, cancer, and other ailments. It is vital for firefighters to wear protective gear and to be able to clean it correctly.
That's why the BWC has the Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which contributes funds towards the purchase of safety gear, exhaust systems, and specialized washing machines. Over $400,000 in grants are being distributed among forty Ohio fire departments. This includes the $6,250 that is being given to the Village of Loudonville's fire department for them to purchase 60 hoods and 30 gloves.