Scott Fournier, Chief
5 N Main St.
Berkley, MA 02779
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Berkley Fire Department Announces Grant Award for Firefighter Turnout Gear
BERKLEY — Chief Scott Fournier is pleased to announce that the Berkley Fire Department has received a $4,218 Firefighter Turnout Gear Grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) and the Department of Fire Services (DFS). The department will be able to purchase protective hoods and gloves for personal protection during firefighting operations.
“This grant will allow our department to purchase vitally important protective equipment for our firefighters,” Chief Fournier said. “Safety and the short-term and long-term health and well-being of our firefighters is of the utmost importance and we are thankful to the Baker-Polito administration for this grant.”
Berkley was one of 174 Massachusetts fire departments to receive the grant funds.
“We now know that the risk of occupational cancer is among the greatest threats faced by modern firefighters, and are thankful that the Commonwealth has been able to invest in this personal protective equipment to improve the overall health and safety of firefighters,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Providing firefighters with new hoods and gloves to protect their heads and hands from exposure to the toxic chemicals that cause cancer is one of the most effective steps we can take to prevent future cancer diagnoses.”
Funding for this grant program was made available through the Baker-Polito administration for fire departments across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.