State Representative Kathy LaNatra of the 12th Plymouth District announced that the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded firefighter safety grants to 5 fire departments within the 12th Plymouth District. This funding is part of a $25 million bond bill filed by the Baker-Polito Administration that will support firefighter health and safety over the next five years.
“I am thrilled to see this wonderful investment in the health and safety of our firefighters by the Baker Administration,” said State Rep. Kathy LaNatra (D-Kingston). “Protecting the health and safety of our firefighters is paramount to ensuring that they are able to adequately do their jobs and protect our communities.”
Fire departments in Massachusetts were able to apply to this program for 114 different types of eligible equipment, including personal protective clothing, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, assorted hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters, fitness equipment, and more.
This program represents a comprehensive approach to mitigating modern firefighter health and safety risks. Firefighters face not only the well-known risks of fire, smoke, and hazardous materials, but also long-term health risks of occupational cancer associated with the exposure to fire by-products and debilitating physical injuries due to the strenuous nature of their work.
Funding to communities in the 12th Plymouth District is as follows: