The Canton Township Fire Department has been notified by FEMA that it has been selected to receive a grant by The Department of Homeland Security.
Under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the grant was awarded in the amount of $273, 514. The department is responsible for a cost match of $13,675 of non-federal funds, or 5 percent of the $273,514 grant.
Funds will be used for the purchase 22 new self-contained breathing apparatuses for the township's firefighters. It will also fund a project to place exhaust systems in township fire stations that will capture and remove engine emissions from the vehicles.
Attention has been given lately to the high cancer rate within the firefighting profession. Diesel exhaust emissions has been found to attribute to this higher than normal cancer rate. Firefighters work and live within the stations that house the trucks emitting these dangerous gases. This will create a healthier and safer environment for firefighters.