Perrysburg Township Fire Department Receives Grant from Homeland Security

Perrysburg Township's Fire Department learned last Wednesday that it had received a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Perrysburg Township will receive $57,018 through the DHS 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Award. More than $2 million was dispersed to 27 fire and EMS departments state-wide.

The funds are to be used  to protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.

Fire Chief Mike Dimick said the department will use the money to install diesel exhaust filters on seven emergency vehicles. "Each filter costs about $8,600," he added.

The filters will help eliminate exhaust fumes from entering the bays when trucks start up or are returning from service, the chief explained.

Problems with exhaust fumes were discovered in March, when township officials hired Mike Cousino of Cousino Construction to inspect the buildings.

Mr. Cousino reported that diesel residue was discovered in the kitchen and sleeping areas, which are situated too close to the truck bays.

The contractor found residue on everything in the area including cooking utensils and food. "This is not a healthy thing," he said at the time.

Chief Dimick said Ward Diesel Filter of Elmira, New York will install the filters on site, hopefully in August.