Archbold firefighters awarded BWC grant

Staff report

The Archbold Fire Department is among 39 fire departments in Ohio that will share $376,517 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation under a new program to reduce firefighters’ exposure to toxic environmental elements.

The funding will be received under BWC’s Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program. It provides $2 million annually to help departments purchase safety gear and equipment designed to protect firefighters from carcinogens and other harmful elements encountered during a fire fight.

Archbold will receive $5,636.67 to purchase 76 barrier hoods.

“Our responders deserve the best tools to protect them against the dangers of fighting a fire,” BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison said. “Those dangers include toxins and carcinogens that linger on equipment after the fire fight is over. With these grants, firefighters across Ohio can purchase equipment that guards against these long-term dangers to their health.”

Nearby Williams and Wood counties will also be recipients.

Staff report