South Hadley Fire District 2 receives federal grant to eliminate hazardous exhaust
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The South Hadley Fire District 2 has received federal funding that will go towards ensuring the health of workers in the building.
The department received an Assistance to Firefighter grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The of grant $74,000 will go towards the facility’s Source Capture Exhaust System. The exhaust system will protect workers in the facility by eliminating hazardous diesel exhaust emissions from fire trucks.
“It is important to our station because through studies diesel carcinogens are just as bad if not worse than the carcinogens we get on our gear from fires,” says Lt. Mike O’Neill. “It helps with the overall health and safety for the firefighters and anyone from the public who may enter our facility. It is part of our Cancer prevention initiative.”
According to O’Neill, firefighters are more likely to contract a form of cancer than the general public.
Workers exposed to diesel exhaust face the risk of health effects ranging from irritation of the eyes and nose, headaches and nausea, to respiratory disease and lung cancer.