The Burlington Fire Department has received a grant to help keep its members safe as they engage in dangerous work.
Chief Michael Patterson said in a release that Burlington is one of more than 300 fire departments across the state to have been awarded a grant as part of the Department of Fire Services Fiscal Year 2022 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program.
The $19,000 grant awarded to the department will be used to purchase structural firefighting gear which includes coat and pants, and a thermal imaging camera that will be placed on a front line apparatus.
“This program enables fire departments to purchase a variety of equipment that will make firefighters’ jobs safer,” the release states. “This is the second year that funding has been awarded for this purpose as part of a $25 million bond bill filed by the Baker-Polito Administration to support firefighter safety and health in the coming years.”
Fire departments in Massachusetts were able to apply to this program for 118 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. In many cases, the purchase of this equipment will help departments attain compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration or National Fire Protection Association safety standards.