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Congressman Richard E. Neal and Wilbraham Fire Department to Announce Increased Health and Safety Measures

January 18, 2013
Press Release
CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL AND WILBRAHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT TO ANNOUNCE INCREASED HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
Neal to Join Chief Franics Nothe for Federal Grant Announcement
(SPRINGFIELD) Congressman Richard E. Neal will join Wilbraham Fire Chief Franics Nothe and emergency service personnel to announce a $79,338 federal Department of Homeland Assistance to Firefighter's Grant. The event is scheduled for today, Friday, January 18 at 1.

"This generous award will fulfill our needs to provide a safe and efficient environment for our firefighters," said Nothe. "With this award, we will be able to fulfill our goals with providing for our firefighters in turn provide a great service to our community."

"Since the Department of Homeland Security began offering Assistance to Firefighter Grants a decade ago, Pioneer Valley fire departments have been very successful obtaining funding," said Neal. “Today marks a milestone in overall public safety as our firefighters and residents continue to have state-of-the-art equipment.”

As a result of this crucial funding, the Wilbraham Fire Department will undertake a pair of safety initiatives. The first project will be to install a vehicle exhaust capture system for the Wilbraham Fire Station Headquarters. This will provide exhaust removal for all diesel apparatus and result in a safe, clean environment for Wilbraham firefighters. Diesel exhaust is a carcinogen that can cause lung cancer and other respiratory ailments.

The second project will be to replace an antiquated Air Pack filling system for Wilbraham Fire Station Headquarters. The Air Pack filling system will provide efficiency in operation and safety needs for Wilbraham firefighters.

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