Two Putnam County fire departments were among more than 100 Ohio fire departments to receive grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, under a program to protect firefighters from carcinogens and other harmful health hazards encountered during daily work activities.

Continental Fire Department received $10,356 to purchase one extractor, and the Columbus Grove department received $13,820 to purchase one extractor, 70 pairs of washable gloves and 70 hoods with barrier protection.

The Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program helps departments purchase safety gear, exhaust systems and specialized washing machines.

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