Fall River area fire departments are getting $94,000 in grants. Here's what they can buy.

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Greater Fall River fire departments are getting nearly $94,000 to buy safety equipment, thanks to a state grant, Gov. Charlie Baker’s office announced Wednesday.

The state awarded a total of $5 million in grants to 306 fire departments across Massachusetts as part of the Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program. This is the program’s second year, and is part of a $25 million bond bill to support firefighter safety.

“Our communities and families depend on firefighters in difficult and dangerous moments,” said Baker in a statement. “This program is an opportunity to show our deep appreciation for their work by ensuring they have the tools they need to stay safe and healthy.”

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The grant totals for local communities are as follows:

  • Fall River: $34,930

  • Freetown: $15,500

  • Somerset: $16,401.19

  • Swansea: $13,424.79

  • Westport: $13,645.62

Fire departments are allowed to use the grant money to buy safety gear, with 118 different types of eligible gear including personal protective clothing, washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, tools and extrication equipment, communications gear, hazardous gas meters, fitness equipment and more.

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Fire departments can also buy equipment to help them comply with OSHA or National Fire Protection Association safety standards.

“The toll that occupational cancer has taken on the fire service is unfortunately immense,” Secretary of Public Safety and Security Terrence Reidy stated. “I am thrilled that we can provide so many fire departments with this funding for equipment that will reduce firefighters’ long-term exposure to the cancer-causing materials they encounter every day at work.”

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