Marion County firefighters received approval from county commissioners this week to purchase new protective equipment.
Marion County Fire Rescue submitted an application and was awarded $22,998 from the Florida Firefighter Decontamination Equipment Grant Program. This program helps provide financial assistance to protect the health and safety of firefighters.
Funds from the grant are used to purchase new equipment, supplies, and training to protect firefighters from hazardous, cancer-causing chemicals.
During the Marion County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday, the commissioners approved the grant agreement as a consent agenda item. The awarded funds will be used to purchase 200 protective hoods for county firefighters, and MCFR will be responsible for paying 25% of the total cost ($5,749.50).
The Marion County Board of County Commissioners meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the McPherson Governmental Campus Auditorium (601 SE 25th Avenue).