MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Fire Department has received a grant from the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation to help reduce firefighter exposure to toxic or cancer-causing compounds.

Known as the Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant program, Fire Chief Chad Christopher said the $8,795.10 grant will pay most of the cost of a new “extractor,” a commercial-grade washing machine designed to remove carcinogens and other elements from the heavy turnout gear firefighters wear for protection at fires.

“We have an extractor, but it’s about 19 years old and has seen better days,” Christopher said.

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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