Muradian and Moore Announce Upton Fire Department Grant

December 19th 2019 - BOSTON – Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) and Senator Michael O. Moore (D- Millbury) are excited to announce that the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded the Upton Fire Department a Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant.

This grant program is available to help Fire Departments throughout the Commonwealth provide gear and equipment to limit firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing chemicals on the job. As many people know, there is an increased risk for occupational hazards, such as cancers, faced by first responders. Replacing gear regularly is a financial burden, and one most departments find challenging. The Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant program will provide firefighters in 144 departments new equipment, such as new hoods and gloves, for structural firefighting activities. Given that the head and hand areas are high-risk areas for dangerous chemicals to enter the body, these new materials will help reduce hazardous exposure.

“First responders in our Commonwealth do so much to protect and maintain safety within our communities,” said Representative Muradian, who serves on the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “This grant program helps provide essential equipment to our fire departments in an effort to assist them in protecting themselves. In a profession where safety is of the utmost importance, providing these men and women with effective gear is crucial.”

“Firefighters wake up, put on their uniform, and are faced with the uncertainty of not knowing what each day will bring,” said Senator Moore, who serves as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.  “This equipment is critical to ensuring that firefighters in Upton have additional layers of protection against workplace hazards.”

“This gear will protect our firefighters from the immediate risks associated with fighting fires in dangerous environments, and just as importantly, protect them from the delayed risk of occupational cancers caused by exposure to the toxic chemicals produced during fires,” said Chief DiFronzo. “Properly equipping our firefighters with the gear they need to be safe allows them to do their jobs as effectively as possible, and is a great benefit to the overall safety of our community,” he added.

“We now know that the risk of occupational cancer is among the greatest threats faced by modern firefighters, and are thankful that the Commonwealth has been able to invest in this personal protective equipment to improve the overall health and safety of firefighters,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Providing firefighters with new hoods and gloves to protect their heads and hands from exposure to the toxic chemicals that cause cancer is one of the most effective steps we can take to prevent future cancer diagnoses.”

The Upton Fire Department will received $3,400 through the Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant program.

This grant program is available to help Fire Departments throughout the Commonwealth provide gear and equipment to limit firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing chemicals on the job. As many people know, there is an increased risk for occupational hazards, such as cancers, faced by first responders. Replacing gear regularly is a financial burden, and one most departments find challenging. The Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant program will provide firefighters in 144 departments new equipment, such as new hoods and gloves, for structural firefighting activities. Given that the head and hand areas are high-risk areas for dangerous chemicals to enter the body, these new materials will help reduce hazardous exposure.

“First responders in our Commonwealth do so much to protect and maintain safety within our communities,” said Representative Muradian, who serves on the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “This grant program helps provide essential equipment to our fire departments in an effort to assist them in protecting themselves. In a profession where safety is of the utmost importance, providing these men and women with effective gear is crucial.”

“Firefighters wake up, put on their uniform, and are faced with the uncertainty of not knowing what each day will bring,” said Senator Moore, who serves as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.  “This equipment is critical to ensuring that firefighters in Upton have additional layers of protection against workplace hazards.”

“This gear will protect our firefighters from the immediate risks associated with fighting fires in dangerous environments, and just as importantly, protect them from the delayed risk of occupational cancers caused by exposure to the toxic chemicals produced during fires,” said Chief DiFronzo. “Properly equipping our firefighters with the gear they need to be safe allows them to do their jobs as effectively as possible, and is a great benefit to the overall safety of our community,” he added.

“We now know that the risk of occupational cancer is among the greatest threats faced by modern firefighters, and are thankful that the Commonwealth has been able to invest in this personal protective equipment to improve the overall health and safety of firefighters,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Providing firefighters with new hoods and gloves to protect their heads and hands from exposure to the toxic chemicals that cause cancer is one of the most effective steps we can take to prevent future cancer diagnoses.”

The Upton Fire Department will received $3,400 through the Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant program.

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