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Coal City Fire Protection District news

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Two grants totaling totaling $171,498 will assist the Coal City Fire Protection District. The Assistance to Firefighters Grants [AFG] from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide $164,861 health and safety award for the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus replacing many air packs which are more than 20 years old. The second award is a $6,637 COVID-19 Supplemental Award from the CARES Act where $100 million was designated to assist firefighters with the purchase of personal protective equipment [PPE] and related supplies. The COVID-19 response funds will provide the department with means for better and more efficient ways of cleaning ambulances, equipment, and supplies.

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Cancer in the fire service


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The increased rates of cancer in the fire service have been a key topic for researchers and firefighters alike. In 2015, an IAFF study found particles of soot and smoke from structure fires could penetrate a firefighter’s turnout gear and could be contributing to the spike in cancer rates among firefighters.

Data gathered from a mannequin armed with sensors known at N.C. State as Pyroman, is one tool researchers are using to better protect firefighters from carcinogens that increase their risk of cancer. At Raleigh and N.C. State, there are half a dozen ongoing research projects aimed at providing better protections for firefighters.  At N.C. State’s Textile Protection and Comfort Center, researchers are using Pyroman and PyroHead to combat soot and smoke in structure fires from penetrating a firefighter’s turnout gear, which could be contributing to the spike in cancer rates among firefighters.

Researchers are studying what chemical compounds are getting stuck to and later releasing from a firefighter’s turnout gear. That could be relevant for volunteer firefighters who may store their gear in their personal vehicles and puts anyone in the vehicle, including their families, at risk for exposure to carcinogens.

N.C. State is also focusing on glands on a firefighter’s face and neck and whether protective hoods are enough. In 2018, N.C. state developed a device, a particulate filtration efficiency test, with a light meter attached, that lets fire departments check their hoods for weaknesses.

Getting soot and grime off a firefighter’s skin sooner also has more departments using wipes on scene. 

The research projects at N.C. State are funded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. To learn more about the program, click on the following link: NC State University Heat and Flame Protection TPACC

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Area fire departments receive federal grants

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Eighteen suburban fire departments are among those sharing in $11.2 million in federal grants for the Chicago area announced this week by the state’s two U.S. senators. The funding is from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to provide equipment and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program to help departments meet staffing needs.

Under the staffing program;

  • Grayslake Fire Protection District received $672,271;
  • Huntley Fire Protection District, $1,087,460;
  • Wood Dale, $660,816.30.

Under the equipment program;

  • Bartlett Fire Protection District received $292,122;
  • Bensenville Fire Protection District 2, $50,590;
  • Batavia, $238,409;
  • Elmhurst, $62,636;
  • Gurnee: $45,181;
  • Hoffman Estates: $192,181;
  • Lake Bluff: $41,142;
  • Lake Zurich: $312,900;
  • Mundelein, $229,090;
  • Oakbrook Terrace, $127,809.52;
  • Park Ridge, $43,090;
  • Prospect Heights Fire Protection District: $22,857;
  • Villa Park, $29,090; Wood Dale, $118,095;
  • York Center Fire Protection District: $180,970.

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