St. John Valley

Frenchville firefighters receive safety grant

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Volunteer Frenchville firefighters and those they rescue will be a bit safer thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Maine Municipal Association. 

The Ed MacDonald Safety Enhancement Grant Program is intended to improve workplace safety, and Frenchville Fire Chief Peter Parent said it will do just that at his department. 

“It’s [going to] make our working conditions a lot safer and mean better patient care,” Chief Parent said.

Parent used the money to purchase fall protection harnesses to attach to ladders and roofs, non-slip firefighter boots and ice-gripping cleats to wear on the bottom of the boots.

“Trips and falls should be eliminated,” Parent said.

Parent also purchased a Sked rescue stretcher with the grant money. 

“The stretcher can be used for high-angle rescues and in confined space,” Parent said.

Parent said the firefighters are thankful to MMA for the grant.

“It’s going to a very good cause,” Parent said. 

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