Mass. fire department uses grant for exhaust removal
The $50,000 AFG grant will pay for exhaust-removal systems at two of the department's stations
ACUSHNET, Mass. — The Acushnet Fire & EMS Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant of $50,350 for the installation of vehicle exhaust removal systems at the Russell Street and Middle Road stations. The grant was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher said it will have a direct impact on the health of Acushnet's firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
"Our staff members live, eat and work from our stations every minute of every day," Gallagher said. "Our buildings are actually large garages with living spaces attached. Each time a vehicle is started, diesel exhaust fills the building. This removal system will allow us to capture the emissions and vent them outside, greatly reducing the potential of employee exposure."