James Vuona, Fire Chief
11 Church Road
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Shrewsbury Fire Department Receives Assistance to Firefighters Grant
SHREWSBURY — Chief James Vuona is pleased to announce that the Shrewsbury Fire Department was awarded a 2017 Assistance to Firefighters grant for operations and safety.
The department received the $37,600 grant on July 27, which will be used to purchase two gear extractors and three dryers to clean firefighter personal protective equipment.
Gear extractors and dryers remove fire contaminants from turnout gear, which can expose firefighters to cancer-causing carcinogens. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cancer is a leading cause of firefighter deaths in the United States and approximately 60 percent of career firefighters will die because of cancer.
“Proactively taking steps to reduce occupational cancer in the fire service has been an initiative within our department for many years,” Chief Vuona said. “Purchasing this equipment will be a vital step toward keeping our firefighters healthy for the length of their careers and beyond.”
The extractors and dryers will be installed at each of the three Shrewsbury fire stations by July 2019.