Household appliance keeping firefighters safe


BWC grant allows for purchase of industrial washing machine

By Gary Budzak - gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com



State Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Spurgeon (left), Genoa Township Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt (middle), and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison (right) discuss a grant the township received for firefighter safety during an event held Tuesday.

State Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Spurgeon (left), Genoa Township Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt (middle), and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison (right) discuss a grant the township received for firefighter safety during an event held Tuesday.


Cabinet Events

Members of the Governor’s Cabinet participated in a flurry of public events in Westerville and surrounding areas on March 5-6 leading up to the State of the State address, most notably:

A skills program discussion, at the Columbus State Community College’s Delaware Campus

Walk-in missing funds claims, at the Willis Building in Delaware

Preventing elder financial abuse, at the Westerville Senior Center

A tour of SourcePoint in Delaware

College Credit Plus discussion, at Big Walnut High School in Sunbury

Veterans Services visit, at Worthington Industries in Westerville

Ohio Means Jobs tutorial, at Big Walnut Middle School

Community conversation on underage and excessive drinking, at Otterbein University in Westerville

Aspire post-secondary class, at Delaware County District Library’s Orange Township Branch in Delaware

Veterans Career Accelerator, at The Point at Otterbein University

City of Westerville veterans honored, at City Council Chambers in Westerville

Tour of Sunbury Nursing Facility

Coffee with the Westerville Fire Department

Cyber Capture the Flag, at Westerville North High School in Delaware County

Preschool program visit, at Liberty Community Center in Delaware

Roundtable on workforce development, at Westerville Library

Tour of Axium Plastics, in New Albany

Tour of Cheryl’s Cookies, in Westerville

Mineral resources talk, at HR Collins Lab in Delaware

Opportunities in the hospital industry talk, at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center

Tour of Buckeye Valley School District, in Delaware

Tour of Nestle Quality Assurance Center, in Dublin

Tour of Sutphen Plant, in Dublin

United HealthCare meeting, in Westerville

Tour of PolymerOhio, in Westerville

Tour of Anheuser-Busch Brewery, in Columbus

Tour of Rumpke Recycling Facility, in Columbus

Walking tour of Delaware, by the County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Tree City Celebration, in Westerville

Towing incentive, at Rusty’s Towing in Delaware

Tour of Lake Shore Cryogenics, in Westerville

Tour of Vineyard Columbus, in Westerville

There was a brief, yet important, announcement given at the Genoa Township Fire Department in Galena on Tuesday.

The fire station on Big Walnut Road was the site of an announcement made by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) aimed at promoting its “Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program.” Genoa used a $10,075 grant to purchase an industrial washing machine to replace a 1995 model.

To look at the white washer, it seemed little different than a typical household appliance. However, this larger unit was an “extractor,” an industrial machine that meets National Fire Protection Association standards. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health said because firefighters are exposed to carcinogenic chemicals during a fire, they have a higher risk of being diagnosed and dying from cancer than the general public. The extractor allows all gear, such as gloves and helmets, to be washed prior to the next shift.

“This is going to go a long way for us in preventing cancer,” said Gary Honeycutt, Genoa Township fire chief. “We’re very thankful.”

In a prepared statement that coincided with the event, Honeycutt said, “Cancer is a leading threat to firefighter health, and we take that threat seriously. We are grateful for the BWC grant that has allowed us to remove carcinogens from turnout gear, minimizing health impacts to our firefighters.”

Bill Spurgeon, the state’s chief deputy fire marshal, said he was “delighted” to partner with the BWC on the grant program.

“We celebrate Chief Honeycutt’s leadership,” Spurgeon said. “We have always known the importance of safety gear in firefighting, but now we also have a better understanding of how proper maintenance of that gear can protect the health and safety of our first responders.”

“It’s an exciting day for me to see our safety grants in action and to see our local communities are investing in making their work places safer, particularly our first responders,” said Sarah Morrison, administrator/CEO of the BWC. “We’re doing what we can to make our firefighters safe here in Ohio. We want our firefighters to be able to return home safely to their families and to fight another day.”

According to the BWC, 199 grants totaling $2 million have been awarded with four months remaining in the fiscal year. There are 245 other grant applications pending.

The event was one of many that tied in with Gov. John R. Kasich’s (R) final State of the State address, which he gave on Tuesday at Otterbein University in Westerville, near his family’s home. Correspondingly, these events were spread throughout Central Ohio, as far west as Marysville and as far east as Newark.

State Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Spurgeon (left), Genoa Township Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt (middle), and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison (right) discuss a grant the township received for firefighter safety during an event held Tuesday.
https://www.delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2018/03/web1_DSC02310.jpgState Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Spurgeon (left), Genoa Township Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt (middle), and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison (right) discuss a grant the township received for firefighter safety during an event held Tuesday.
BWC grant allows for purchase of industrial washing machine

Cabinet Events

Members of the Governor’s Cabinet participated in a flurry of public events in Westerville and surrounding areas on March 5-6 leading up to the State of the State address, most notably:

A skills program discussion, at the Columbus State Community College’s Delaware Campus

Walk-in missing funds claims, at the Willis Building in Delaware

Preventing elder financial abuse, at the Westerville Senior Center

A tour of SourcePoint in Delaware

College Credit Plus discussion, at Big Walnut High School in Sunbury

Veterans Services visit, at Worthington Industries in Westerville

Ohio Means Jobs tutorial, at Big Walnut Middle School

Community conversation on underage and excessive drinking, at Otterbein University in Westerville

Aspire post-secondary class, at Delaware County District Library’s Orange Township Branch in Delaware

Veterans Career Accelerator, at The Point at Otterbein University

City of Westerville veterans honored, at City Council Chambers in Westerville

Tour of Sunbury Nursing Facility

Coffee with the Westerville Fire Department

Cyber Capture the Flag, at Westerville North High School in Delaware County

Preschool program visit, at Liberty Community Center in Delaware

Roundtable on workforce development, at Westerville Library

Tour of Axium Plastics, in New Albany

Tour of Cheryl’s Cookies, in Westerville

Mineral resources talk, at HR Collins Lab in Delaware

Opportunities in the hospital industry talk, at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center

Tour of Buckeye Valley School District, in Delaware

Tour of Nestle Quality Assurance Center, in Dublin

Tour of Sutphen Plant, in Dublin

United HealthCare meeting, in Westerville

Tour of PolymerOhio, in Westerville

Tour of Anheuser-Busch Brewery, in Columbus

Tour of Rumpke Recycling Facility, in Columbus

Walking tour of Delaware, by the County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Tree City Celebration, in Westerville

Towing incentive, at Rusty’s Towing in Delaware

Tour of Lake Shore Cryogenics, in Westerville

Tour of Vineyard Columbus, in Westerville

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

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