TUSCULUM, Tennessee (WJHL) – A statement said Monday that the Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) has received a $ 10,000 grant from the 2021 CHEMTREC HELP award.
The press release indicates that the funds will go towards the purchase of hazardous materials and decontamination equipment.
Of 119 applicants across the country, only five received the grant, TVFD being one.
Decontamination equipment will be used to wash firefighters’ personal protective equipment, ensuring that the equipment remains clean and free of harmful carcinogens.
The release says firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% more risk of dying from cancer than the general population.
Other purchases the ministry will make using the grant include air monitoring meter, hoses, nozzles, decontamination kits, fire foam, air cylinders for SCBA, SCBA air masks, recovery bags and more.
CHEMTREC has partnered with the National Volunteer Fire Council to make grants possible, totaling $ 50,000 to five volunteer fire departments. The agency acts as a 24/7 support and information call center for incidents involving hazardous materials and has worked with emergency responders around the world for 50 years.