Members of the Canton Board of Trustees formally accepted a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant
The grant was awarded to the Canton Township Fire Department in the amount of $129,163.64, with a 10 percent match of $12,916.36 by the department. The total amount of $142,080 will cover enhanced physicals and cancer screenings for firefighters, during a two-year period.
"The health and safety of our firefighters is at the forefront of many enhancements being made in the organization," said Fire Chief Chris Stoecklein. "Knowing this profession has the potential for employees to be exposed to various hazards and harmful carcinogens, we are being proactive in providing these advanced physical and screening opportunities to alert firefighters of any unknown medical conditions that may exist," Stoecklein added.
The enhanced medical care will include a physical examination, blood panel, EKG stress test, chest X-ray, bladder cancer screening, audiometric and visual test, ultrasound, tuberculosis screen, hepatitis panel, fit test for masks, prostate and testicular or ovarian exam and colorectal stool screening to ensure the health of all firefighters in the Canton department.