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Fire department receives grant for safety equipment

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Frenchville fire officials announced Thursday that the department received a Safety Enhancement Grant presented through the Maine Municipal Association Workers Compensation Fund.

The more than $1,500 grant comes from the Ed MacDonald Safety Enhancement Grants and Scholarships, which provide financial assistance to purchase safety equipment or services to reduce the frequency and severity of workplace injuries, according to a press release issued May 16.

“Some of the coding has been updated, and this keeps our program alive and keeps [it] in compliance,” said Peter Parent, fire chief for Frenchville Fire Department. “This is better gear for the winter, will give better protection and it is overall better for the guys. It will help protect the men and keep up to code with the National Fire Protection Association.”

Parent said that the grants go toward addressing safety issues for the fire department.

The grant programs are designed to help prevent injuries and improve workplace safety for Maine employees, according to the release.

“The reduction in employee injuries also benefits the taxpayers by lessening lost hours at work, cost of claims and potential overtime expenses for employees who might have to fill in for injured co-workers,” the release stated.

The Maine Municipal Association has been awarding safety grants to members of the Workers’ Compensation fund since 1999, according to the release.

“The Ed MacDonald Safety Enhancement Grants and Scholarships are an example of a successful partnership that has been preventing workplace injuries,” the release stated. “Together we are building safe communities.”

Parent said with the codes always updating and the snowy winters, this grant will help the department tremendously.

“We’re just looking for the best interest for the guys, our volunteers, and get them the best clothing and equipment,” he said.

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